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VogueFailsAgain:March2017IssueDepictsEverythingThat'sWrongwithFashionToday

Amra_Serdarevic
Amra_Serdarevic Writer, Researcher
Vogue Fails Again: March 2017 Issue Depicts Everything That's Wrong with Fashion Today

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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6 comments

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    17d ago

    Totally agree!

    Totally agree!

    • Amra_Serdarevic
      Amra_Serdarevic Writer, Researcher
      14d ago

      Thank you :)

      Thank you :)

      • thomas
        thomas Community member
        13d ago

        like your profile, [email protected]

        like your profile, [email protected]

  • Dollahsign
    Dollahsign Community member
    12d ago

    I rarely look, but as I noted the Amra_Serdarevic article, I came to realize that she has a very important point. Where oh where have the women of color gone? And that's not all of it. Vogue...please don't let us down again!

    I rarely look, but as I noted the Amra_Serdarevic article, I came to realize that she has a very important point. Where oh where have the women of color gone? And that's not all of it. Vogue...please don't let us down again!

    • Amra_Serdarevic
      Amra_Serdarevic Writer, Researcher
      12d ago

      I'm always disappointed when these magazines Photoshop women (badly), but claim they want to empower them.

      I'm always disappointed when these magazines Photoshop women (badly), but claim they want to empower them.

      • Dollahsign
        Dollahsign Community member
        12d ago

        I think these magazines are more interested in doing the least, rather than going in a professional fashion, when it comes to the photos. It's a damned shame.

        I think these magazines are more interested in doing the least, rather than going in a professional fashion, when it comes to the photos. It's a damned shame.


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Amra_Serdarevic
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Writer and a researcher working with clients from the United States, Thailand, Singapore, India, Canada, Ukraine, Egypt, etc. Thanks to my curiosity and desire to know absolutely everything, I'm capable of writing high-quality content regardless of the niche. (Articles, PR, blog posts, web [...]

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