26-Year-Old Photographer Nadine Ijewere On Her Historic Vogue Cover | Vogue

When Nadine Ijewere photographed Dua Lipa, Binx Walton, and Letitia Wright on the Kentish coast for this issue’s cover story, she became the first woman of colour to shoot the cover of any Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year global history. Here, the one-to-watch shares the details of her remarkable career to date.

When did you become interested in photography?

As a teenager, I actually thought I was going to study medicine. I was born and raised in southeast London by a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother, and there was definitely a sense that I should be following a traditional academic path. My main A levels were physics, chemistry, biology, and maths, but I decided to take photography as well as a respite from my more “serious” subjects. That first year of classes was all about shooting analogue and developing your own film in the dark room. I completely fell in love with it. I discovered the many ways that I could tell stories with my images – especially when I incorporated fashion as well. In the end, I changed my A levels and decided to study photography at the London College of Fashion.