At only 26, photographer Nadine Ijewere has become the first black woman to shoot the cover of any Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year global history.
For the January 2019 issue of Vogue UK’s Future Issue, the Nigerian-Jamaican fashion and portrait photographer Nadine Ijewere was commissioned to shoot the magazine’s cover. The photographer studied photography at the London College of Fashion. She, however, told Vogue magazine that she thought she was going to study medicine as her main A levels were physics, chemistry, biology, and maths. Nadine decided to take photography as well to break from the more “serious” subjects she took at school.
Nadine worked for an interior design company in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre after graduating but dedicated every spare moment, especially weekends to her photography. The power of social media has shifted the dynamics of opportunities and cannot be overlooked. The photographer also credits her success to social media as she found a lot of her earliest collaborators, like stylist Ibrahim Kamara, through social media, and these days, she casts a lot of models from Instagram. She says that social media has also allowed her to get her photographs out there and make a name for herself.
Nadine also shot Rihanna’s cover for Allure Best of Beauty issue earlier this year.
About shooting for the cover of Vogue magazine, the young photographer said on her Instagram page, “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 covers for British Vogue of the lovely @dualipa”
Here’s to black girl magic!
Source and Image: Vogue.co.uk