British Vogue’s Latest Cover Star Is A Black Hijabi Supermarket Assistant

“I hope the country will have a new appreciation for supermarket workers.”

British Vogue’s Latest Cover Star Is A Black Hijabi Supermarket Assistant

“I hope the country will have a new appreciation for supermarket workers.”

By

Sara S.
Photo - British Vogue

British Vogue has paid tribute to those working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom by featuring three female key workers on the covers of its July issue.

One of the cover stars, 21-year-old Anisa Omar, is a supermarket assistant working in the London King’s Cross branch of Waitrose. 

Anisa was photographed by fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, who has previously photographed Gigi Hadid and Kate Moss. 

Anisa says being photographed by Jamie was a “big deal” and that she thinks it won’t really “sink in for a while – maybe not until I see the magazine displayed.”

“Before the pandemic, my job was not really that big a deal, but now it’s like we’re important.” Anisa, whose siblings are also part of the Waitrose team working to keep the UK running, says, “it’s nice to feel appreciated.” 

Anisa acknowledges the shared “kindness” she’s seen over the past few months and hopes this new appreciation for supermarket workers continues on into the future.

The United Kingdom is one of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 279,000 known cases and at least 40,000 deaths.

The new issue of Vogue UK was published on Friday, June 5th.

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Afghans Angered As Refugees Were ‘Burnt To Death’ In Iran

The deaths of three Afghan refugees in a car blaze in Iran have prompted an outpouring of anger in Afghanistan, after reports that the vehicle caught fire after it was shot at by Iranian police.

Afghans Angered As Refugees Were ‘Burnt To Death’ In Iran

The deaths of three Afghan refugees in a car blaze in Iran have prompted an outpouring of anger in Afghanistan, after reports that the vehicle caught fire after it was shot at by Iranian police.

By

Mohamed Alagteaa
Screen grab from a video of the incident.

June 8, 2020  Outrage spewed online after a video went viral of a car set ablaze in Iran’s central Yazd province, with Afghan refugees on board.

Three of the refugees were killed and four injured, according to a statement made by Afghanistan’s foreign ministry on Friday, adding that the ministry “considers the incident to be very unfortunate and calls for a serious investigation.” The vehicle allegedly caught on fire after it was shot at by Iranian police. 

Local media reports said police in Yazd province confirmed that the car was targeted by security forces after it did not stop at a checkpoint.

Disturbing footage shows one of the survivors, a young boy who has suffered burns, walking and asking for water.  His words have been turned into the hashtag #کمی_آب_بیار_که_سوختم which translates to ‘Give me some water I’m burning.’

The incident garnered widespread attention on social media with users drawing comparisons to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of US police in Minneapolis. The hashtag  #AfghanLivesMatter was trending on Twitter, with people highlighting the mistreatment of Afghans in Iran.

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tehran, Abdul Ghafoor Lewal, has subsequently met with survivors and Yazd province government officials, to discuss the tragic incident.

The incident comes at a time of strained diplomatic relations t between Kabul and Tehran, after Afghan officials accused Iranian border guards of torturing and drowning dozens of Afghan migrants, with more than 30 people thought to be dead.

Iran currently denies the allegations, with both countries agreeing to jointly investigate the matter at a later time.

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