Vogue Shares Powerful Photos of Health Care Workers Fighting Coronavirus in New Special Issue

Vogue‘s monthly magazine covers are known for its glamorous high-fashion photo shoots featuring supermodels, actresses and musicians. But for the magazine’s June/July issue, which dropped online one month early, Vogue took a different approach in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Following in the footsteps of Italian Vogue, which printed an all-white cover for its April issue to signify rebirth from the pandemic, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the Vogue team paid tribute to the health care workers fighting the virus by featuring a still-life image of a single rose by Irving Penn on the cover of its “Our Common Thread” issue. It marks the publications first still-life cover in more than 50 years, Wintour said in her editor’s letter.

Jennifer Ratcliff, an Air Force colonel and orthopedic surgeon based in Florida, said: “I’ve never seen this many patients in one place. This is almost like being deployed — people having to find different places to work and use different resources to get the job done.”

New York has been the hardest hit state, with at least 257,000 positive coronavirus cases identified and deaths regularly exceeding 400 people each day, according to the New York Times. While many Americans are itching to get back to normalcy and have the economy reopen, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a cautious approach.

“People will die if we get cocky about reopening,” Cuomo said on April 22. “To those who are upset about our careful approach — don’t blame your local official. Blame me.”

As of April 23, at least 834,340 people across the United States have tested positive for coronavirus and at least 42,501 people have died from coronavirus-related illness.

Vogue‘s June/July 2020 issue will be available on newsstands on May 23rd.

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