We all know how bad the fashion industry is at diversity when it comes to ethnicity with Valentino’s continuous ignorance towards the issue serving as a perfect example. Though, Vogue’s falling behind culture shows that there are still more things that fashion needs to do to improve. One of those things being to embrace plus size models and celebrities.
It’s quite disgusting when you hear someone like Anna Wintour say that fashion is about moving forward yet she continues to endorse brands and practices that hold the industry back. As explained in this article by Gemma Kim on Fashionista, Vogue only published 3 magazines with non-white celebrities last year out of its 12. Note that they were all celebrities and not just models like Cara Delevingne whose career was launched by being featured on Vogue; something rarely seen with non-white models.
Given how ridiculous that is, you can imagine my disappointment when I saw a spread in last year’s September issue that featured plus size models, both black and white, that read “plus is equal” only to find out that it was an advertisement and no plus size models were featured anywhere else in the magazine. I thought Vogue was finally moving forward along with modern culture but it turns out the magazine is just as archaic as ever.
Regardless, the fashion industry itself is making some progress, even if it’s starting in the contemporary market instead of in the luxury market which needs it the most. For example, Topshop was called out on social media last year for a thin mannequin it had in one of its U.K. Stores to which the company responded by saying it would no longer buy that model. Target also launched a clothing line dedicated to plus size styles after its plus size swimsuits sold out online. The good thing is that Target was already working on the clothing line before the swimsuits sold out.
We also saw France pass a law that bans ridiculously thin models from doing photo shoots for ad campaigns and walking the runway which is good but it shouldn’t take a ban on thinness for the industry to stop using models like that.
That and much more was done last year but there is still more work that needs to be done. Vogue needs to at least feature a plus size model in the magazine if it’s not going to put one on the cover, which it should, given that the first Vogue cover featuring a black model was published decades ago. This is important because not only Vogue, but Anna Wintour has a lot of authority in the fashion industry.
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