Lamia Rashid & Najaha Nauf
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.