Beyoncé opened the door and now others are following. Photographer Tyler Mitchell made history in September when he shot Beyoncé’s Vogue cover, becoming the first black person ever to shoot a Vogue cover. This moment changed history and the advancement in fashion was proven. Now Edward Enninful, Chief Editor of British Vogue has given way to yet another milestone – this time the recipient of this grace is Nigerian-Jamaican Photographer Nadine Ijewere.
Most notable for her polarising Stella McCartney editorial, Nadine has become the first black woman to shoot a Vogue cover. This, of course, is not her first major gig, she previously shot Rihanna’s Fenty line for Allure Magazine in September and has done some work for Vogue Ukraine, Vogue Italia and other top publications.
Taking to Instagram she wrote:
“If you had told me last year I would have photographed for British Vogue, I would have said not possible. If you had told me a cover, I would have thought perhaps in a parallel universe. I am so grateful for this opportunity I have been given to shoot for a publication where I once felt perhaps I didn’t.”
The cover is for the Magazine’s January 2019 issue and features pop star, Dua Lipa.
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If you had told me last year I would have photographed for @britishvogue I would have said not possible , if you had told me a cover I would have thought perhaps in a parallel universe ! I am so so grateful for this opportunity I have been given to shoot for a publication where I once felt perhaps I didn’t belong . Thank you @edward_enninful for your part in changing the industry giving people like me the opportunity to exist in such a prestigious space . This issue is full of wonderful and talented people such as Ib Kamara , Campbell Addy . Who I have known for such a long time and so happy to see us all striving with our creativity and friendship. Here are my Jan 2019 coversfor British Vogue of the lovely @dualipa Styling @kphelan123 Nails @amaquashie Hair @jawaraw ❤️❤️ mua @mirandajoyce Set @davidjameswhite_ Thank you to a wonderful team , thanks to all the assistants video , production and vogue teams that worked on this also you have made my ‘vogue ‘ experience so lovely . And also a huge Thank you @jimmymoff for your continuous support with @redhooklabs And working with new artists !
We love small wins like this and although we would wish for a better world with equal opportunity for all races, we are happy for the gradual changes.
Here’s a look at the Nadine Ijewere-shot British Vogue cover…
Photo Credit: IG | Nadineijewere
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