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Meet the first black woman to shoot a Vogue cover

TRAILBLAZER: Nadine Ijewere

NADINE IJEWERE has made history as she became the first black female photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue Magazine.

The south-east London born photographer is behind the lens of British Vogue’s January 2019 issue, which features singer Dua Lipa on the cover.

Taking to Instagram to reveal the cover for the prestigious fashion mag, Ijewere wrote: “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.”

Ijewere’s work often explores identity and diversity, informed from her own personal experiences. She has worked with brands including Stella McCartney, and shot for Allure and Vogue Italia.

Earlier this year, American photographer Tyler Mitchell became the first black man to shoot a Vogue cover. The 23-year-old photographed Beyonce for the September 2018 issue for American Vogue, after she was keen for the magazine to ensure a new perspective was being showed to Vogue readers

"Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like," said the Halo singer. "It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter."

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