Firefighter in pearls! Country Life magazine stars heroine in uniform

Firefighter in pearls! Country Life magazine parks its typical front page images of society debutantes to publish heroine in uniform

  • Firefighter Natalie Turner, 30, is the latest cover star for Country Life magazine
  • The Kent Fire and Rescue officer is a far cry from the typical ‘girl in pearls’ model
  • Editor Mark Hedges wants to ‘celebrate diversity of roles undertaken by women’

A firefighter is not Country Life’s typical ‘girl in pearls’ frontispiece. 

But the 125-year-old magazine on sale now has strayed from its usual high society debutantes to present Natalie Turner, 30, beaming on the stairs of a Kent fire engine in her uniform.  

Originally from Oxfordshire, Miss Turner works for Kent Fire And Rescue Service and is based at Royal Tunbridge Wells Fire Station. 

Editor Mark Hedges said it wanted to ‘celebrate the diversity of roles undertaken by women’.

Originally from Oxfordshire, Miss Turner works for Kent Fire And Rescue Service and is based at Royal Tunbridge Wells Fire Station

Miss Turner is not the typical ‘girls in pearls’ frontispiece for Country Life magazine. Pictured: Miss Pamela Rowcliffe, who was the magazine’s cover star on September 20, 1956

He said: ‘Throughout the celebrations of Country Life’s 125th anniversary this year, we are delighted to celebrate the diversity of roles undertaken by women.

‘In 1897, there were no women firefighters and we are lucky to have them now.’

Miss Turner is the daughter of Howard Lee Turner and Samantha Bond.

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