KK Shailaja, fondly called as Shailaja Teacher is the cover image of the 2020 Vouge india magazine’s latest edition for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic titled ‘Women of 2020’
“Today her name feature among the small list of women in power who are lauded globally for their response to the crisis” read the article on KK shailaja. It further adds, “even today she is considered among the handful of women leaders (like New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen) who responded accurately to the crisis.”
In June, she was honoured by the United Nations for Kerala’s effective management of the pandemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO) also lauded the Kerala government and health ministry for the work in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, the article further noted.
Minister Shailaja’s new laurel was celebrated by many online, who shared the news and the picture. Apart from her colleagues in the cabinet such as Minister Thomas Isaac, other prominent figures who shared the photo include film actors like Fahadh Faasil, who changed the display picture of his official Facebook page to Shailaja’s cover photo on the magazine.
Apart from Minister Shailaja, the magazine has also honoured other women with Kerala roots, such as Gita Gopinath, the Indian American economist who was formerly the economic advisor of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Reshma Mohandas, the first nurse to have contracted COVID-19 in the state but returned to duty as soon as she recovered, as well as Dr Kamala Rammohan, assistant professor of pulmonary medicine at the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College.