Teneille Craig

Nadine Ijewere

Teneille Craig
Nadine Ijewere

Nadine Ijewere

PHOTOGRAPHER

With the December 2018 cover of British Vogue—featuring Letitia Wright, Dua Lipa, and Binx Walton—Nadine Ijewere made history as the first woman of color to shoot the cover of any Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year history. Ever. And while the talented British-born, Nigerian-Jamaican photographer and filmmaker had a Vogue cover shoot on her list of things she wanted to accomplish, she was still shocked to have received the gig. “Even a couple of months ago, I was saying that I hoped to work for Vogue some day, but I thought that dream was years and years away from becoming a reality,” she told the magazine. “Beyond what the shoot has done for my career, it means a lot to me on a personal level. When I was studying, there were virtually no female photographers of colour in this industry. I feel like in doing this I’m proving to younger girls from a similar background that it’s achievable.”

To be clear, Ijewere was a force before the historic headlines. She’s worked with a number of reputable news outlets and her clients include The Gap, Allure, Rihanna and more. And within her work, she maintains the common thread of diversity. “As a girl, I never identified with anyone in the pages of magazines. Now, we're sending a message that everyone is welcome in fashion,” she told Vogue. There are so many different types of beauty in the world. Let's celebrate them all.”