‘British Vogue’ Replaced Celebrities With Real Heroes For Its July 2020 Cover

For the July 2020 cover, the British Vogue decided to honour and feature essential workers, choosing Narguis Horsford, a train driver on the London Overground; Rachel Millar, a 24-year-old community midwife in East London; and Anisa Omar, a 21-year-old supermarket worker in King’s Cross to represent them. Titled “The New Front Line”, the magazine‘s July issue stars the three women who continued to do their part during the coronavirus outbreak. Editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful shared that the choice to put frontliners on the cover was not a hard one, as he could “think of no more appropriate trio of women to represent the millions of people in the UK who, at the height of the pandemic, in the face of dangers large and small, put on their uniforms and work clothes and went to help people”.

 

Amongst the three is Narguis Horsford. Horsford has been a train driver working with London transport for a decade now. She spoke to Vogue about feeling calm about going back to work and how she has to distance herself from her family while she’s out on the frontlines. She also says how she could not imagine doing anything else at a time like this, with the moment she feels “such a sense of pride” for was when a passenger thanked her for her work.

 

““I am no hero, but I’m proud of being a train driver and the essential role we are playing during the coronavirus crisis. This has certainly shown us that life is short. And we can’t take anything for granted.”

 

Next is Rachel Millar, a 24-year-old midwife working at Homerton Hospital in East London. After almost three years at the hospital, the pandemic was hardest for her when her bike was stolen, as it was her only mode of transport as a midwife,“especially when we’re desperately trying to avoid public transport”. Thankfully, her friend was able to raise £500 for her alongside a local company who donated a brand new electric bike after she tweeted about it. Millar hopes that the “NHS won’t be forgotten” after the pandemic subsides and that a positive change will be brought about for a new and improved normal.

 

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“After the 8pm clapping fades, I hope the NHS won’t be forgotten.” For the July 2020 issue of #BritishVogue three front-line heroes star on the cover, photographed by @Jamie.Hawkesworth. In east London, Rachel Millar, a community midwife, has been cycling around the borough, attending to soon-to-be and new mothers, delivering babies and assuaging anxieties. Meet Rachel and a host of other inspiring workers – from labour ward co-ordinator Philippa Crisp to the director of vaccine development, Melanie Saville – in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday 5 June. Click the link in bio to read more about the three key worker cover stars.

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“It’s a confusing time, it’s an anxious time… Everyone has contributed something during this pandemic that has kept this country going either in a big way or a small way. To resume to ‘normal’ would be a step in the wrong direction.”

 

And finally, Anisa Omar, the 21-year-old supermarket assistant at Waitrose. She shared how the pandemic changed the way people were treating them, with them viewing them as “service assistants” before while now they are “a lot more understanding”. With the government guidelines in place, she feels safer working at London’s King Cross branch of Waitrose, where she has been employed for over a year now. And while she used to view her job as not “that big of a deal before”, she now feels as if they are important and that her work is “more than just a job now”.

 

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For the July 2020 issue of #BritishVogue, three front-line heroes star on the cover, photographed by @Jamie.Hawkesworth. Millions are waking every morning, saying goodbye to their families and getting on with their day to ensure that the cogs of the country continue to turn. Supermarket assistant Anisa Omar is one such key worker who can be found on the tills in Waitrose, in London’s King’s Cross. “Before the pandemic, my job was not really that big a deal, but now it’s like we’re important,” she tells Vogue. Meet Anisa and a host of other inspiring workers in the new issue, interviewed by British Vogue’s Features Editor @OEMarks, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday 5 June. Click the link in bio to read more about the three key worker cover stars.

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“If you show in your face you feel some type of way about the pandemic, it shows to customers. If I can put a smile on someone’s face because I’m smiling, that’s amazing for me. That’s all I need.”

 

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“There is such a beauty in normality, but it’s taken an international crisis for us to see it.”

 

Read the full feature in the July issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 5th June.

 

 

 

*Cover image credits:
Background: Jaanus Jagomägi on Unsplash
Frontliners: Jamie Hawkesworth for British Vogue
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