K.K Shailaja: The women of the year 2020

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Vogue’s India edition dedicated the cover to Kerala’s ‘forward-thinking minister who adeptly handled the pandemic’.

The ‘Women of 2020’ special edition of Vogue India featured a series of women, as a tribute to the power of women. Among the set of 20 women from India that the magazine recognised and featured, is Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja, who is “the forward-thinking health and family welfare minister who adeptly handled the Nipah virus and then the pandemic.” She was featured on the cover of the magazine as well.

The fashion and lifestyle magazine, which has dedicated its November edition to the COVID-19 warriors, also honoured a nurse from Kerala, Reshma Mohandas, and IPS officer Rema Rajeshwari from Telangana, among others.

Incidentally, this year, Vogue followed a new format to celebrate the achievers of 2020, “alongside the women who have led the battle against COVID-19, both behind-the-scenes and on the frontlines”.

“Today, her name features among the small list of women in power who are lauded globally for their response to the crisis,” the article read on KK Shailaja. Minister Shailaja shot to fame especially this year after Kerala turned into a model state for effectively dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis in the beginning stages.