The July cover of British Vogue features a midwife, a machinist and a store clerk

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The July cover of British Vogue features a midwife, a machinist and a store clerk

Written by Amy Woodyatt, CNNLondon

British Vogue readers may be more familiar with seeing supermodels or celebrities beautify its cover, but the July issue will look a little different, with key workers helping to provide essential services during coronavirus pandemic.

A community midwife, a train driver and a supermarket assistant will be the protagonists of the last edition.

In a statement posted on Instagram Monday, editor of British Vogue Edward Enninful he explained that the magazine decided to profile women, all key workers, to pay tribute to their “courage and dedication in helping others”.

“This chapter in history has seen a company shift its focus to some of the people in this country who usually don’t have the spotlight,” wrote Enninful.

He said the commitment of workers on the front lines during the pandemic “has stunned us all.”

Enninful has been at the helm of the magazine since August 2017. The ex-model born in Ghana, raised in London, is the first male and non-white publisher in the history of the magazine.

Community midwife Rachel Millar, 24, was featured in the issue. Credit: Jamie Hawkesworth / British Vogue

“If you had told me earlier in the year that the stars of the July @ BritishVogue cover would feature a community midwife, a machinist and a supermarket worker, I might not have believed you,” he continued on Instagram.

“But as our nation perseveres against Covid-19, we find ourselves not leaning on the powers they are, but on ordinary people and their extraordinary strength and kindness,” added Enninful.

The three women, photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth, are Rachel Millar, a community midwife in east London, Narguis Horsford, a driver on the London Overground and Anisa Omar, a supermarket assistant who works at King’s Cross in London.

Anisa Omar told the magazine that the pandemic had changed the way her work was perceived.

Anisa Omar told the magazine that the pandemic had changed the way her work was perceived. Credit: Jamie Hawkesworth / British Vogue

For the problem, the women told the magazine some of their reactions to the pandemic, the blockade and changes in their daily lives.

“Before the pandemic, my job was not a big deal, but now it’s as if we were important. It’s nice”, Omar, 21, say the magazine for the issue, entitled “The New Front Line”.

Meanwhile, Millar, a 24-year-old midwife, has talked about learning to adapt to difficult times.

“It’s a confusing moment, it’s an anxious moment and we’ve never experienced anything like this before, so we’re learning what to do and how to deal with this situation for the first time,” said Millar.

The machinist Horsford said to the magazine: “I am not a hero, but I am proud to be a machinist and the essential role we are playing during the coronavirus crisis.

“Our services are vital to getting London moving in these unprecedented times and maintaining security, to ensure that our key workers can get where they need to be to provide the services they require.”

Hawkesworth, who has been taking pictures for over 10 days, said the project was “truly one of the most significant projects I have had the good fortune to be part of.”

In his post, Enninful described how Hawkesworth “carefully crossed the capital” to capture images of women whose “courage has helped so many.”

The magazine, with women and their stories, will go on sale on June 5th.

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