Narguis Horsford is dressed in a grey and orange uniform and stands with her hands on her hips, looking to one side. . She looks like a superhero, proud and strong. But Narguis is not a conventional superhero – she drives trains for London Overground.
In July, British Vogue invited three women to appear on the front cover of the magazine. The edition was called “The New Front Line”. It featured some of the everyday heroes, the essential workers who had continued working throughout the lockdown. Along with Narguis were two other key workers.
“They were always heroes”, the editor-in-chief explained, “but they are also normal people. There is such a beauty in normality.”
Sometimes, it is easy to believe that only certain individuals can be heroes – but they come in all shapes and sizes. Every day we are protected by heroes such as police officers, firefighters and medical professionals. Then there are our teachers, parents, carers – even our friends – all those who look after us. During the pandemic, people all around the world have been celebrating the heroes who were not always noticed in the past. These include rubbish collectors, bus drivers, shop workers, postmen and women.
Who is your everyday hero?
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In this video, you can find out about Stephen from Kenya. This everyday hero wanted to keep people safe during the pandemic, so he used skills he had learnt in school to invent an ingenious hands-free handwashing station.
- Without using a dictionary, write your own definition of “hero”.
- Design a superhero outfit for an everyday hero who inspires you.