Vogue is the most popular fashion magazine in the world and it's often referred to as the Fashion Bible. While fashion and magazines celebrating it are supposed to make women of all shapes, colors, and sizes feel good about themselves, it's safe to say the constantly fail in this department. Instead of showing women how to express themselves through fashion, they create body image issues, low self-esteem, and ultimately making women feel they aren't good enough just because they don't look like models on the cover. The problem is that even those models on their covers don't look like themselves anyway.
Even bigger issue is the fact that fashion shows and magazines like Vogue aren't quite diverse and use same types of models all the time. Faced with harsh criticism regarding the lack of diversity, Vogue editors decided to turn things around and make March 2017 issue about diversity and for that purpose they chose different models such as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Ashley Graham, Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah, and Liu Wen. Although the issue was supposed to be about diversity and showing there isn't just one type of American girl, social media users noticed that the issue isn't so diverse after all.
Vogue has been accused of sticking to the status quo. Why? It's because besides the plus size model Ashley Graham, all other models on the cover are *drum rolls* tall and skinny with light to medium skin tones. The absence of darker African-American model on the cover that is supposed to celebrate diversity is a pretty big deal. Coincidentally or not, African-American models are usually neglected in fashion shows as well. You'll usually see unbelievably tall, light to medium skin girls strutting their stuff on runways.
That's not the only issue with the latest Vogue cover. The eagle-eyed social media users also noticed that Vogue Photoshopped Gigi Hadid's arm in a bid to make Ashley Graham appear skinnier. Or it just happens to be that suddenly Gigi Hadid has a freakishly long arm? It is extremely hypocritical to dedicate the issue to shaking up beauty standards and do everything you can do "tone down" the differences in girls on the cover. And how can something be diverse when they did their best to make girls seem almost identical, similar skin tones, and similar sizes.
The question is: when are we going to see fashion magazines like Vogue celebrating women for who they are, not for the final result after the heavy Photoshop editing? Women are strong, gorgeous, beautiful, regardless of the color, size, religion, and ethnic origin. It is about time fashion magazines (and fashion in general) start working for women, not against them!
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