The coronavirus pandemic had really taken a toll on the airline industry. Not even the biggest airlines were spared, including Emirates. While just last year the airline kept on hiring cabin crew, this year saw a different story, they ended up retrenching amid the pandemic.
Quite a number of Emirates cabin crew were made redundant. For all, it was a very sad moment and each had their own way of doing an "exit message". However, a group of Emirates flight attendants affected by this lay-off thought of a different way to do an "exit message."
With the photography skills of Dubai-based Filipino photographer Ardin Tuga, this group of flight attendants decided to have a photoshoot in the sands of Dubai, wearing their uniforms for the very last time.
The result was a "Vogue" magazine cover with photos fit for those you see on known magazines and print ads!
"It started with Vogue’s last summer lockdown’s cover when they couldn’t shoot a model or a celebrity for the cover so they used a midwife, a train operator and store cashier. It is to also put the spotlight on frontliners. Cabin crew are frontliners too, so I think we also deserve to be on the cover of Vogue," said Ardin Tuga.
About the layout and the concept, Ardin shared, "the rest of the layout, everything is inspired by leaving Dubai, whom we, in one way or another called it home."
To be sure that the Philippines is also well represented, a Filipina cabin crew Laurel Louise Javier also took part in the photoshoot.
"I also brought a huge mirror to get a reflected Dubai skyline, and the subject were looking at it, to give that mood/look of their selves bigger than the city," continued Ardin.
This is what you call, "exiting in style!"
All photos courtesy of Ardin Tuda.