Friday, July 11, 2014

Dethroning Vogue Magazine

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I will never forget the one thing Anna Wintour said in the 2009 documentary The September Issue that changed my entire view of Vogue Magazine and the fashion industry. She said that putting a Black woman on the cover of the September issue the first year she was editor-in-chief was one of the biggest mistakes she's made in her career. Openly and outright she stated that she didn't want an African American woman on an influential cover of her magazine. Yet this month Lupita Nyong'o graces the cover of American Vogue.

I've talked about how happy I am that Lupita, a beautiful black woman, has become the face of a well known and influential beauty brand (Lancome) and continues to succeed in her career in such an inspiring way, but I don't want her on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Even though she's not on the September issue it's offensive to think that the women in charge of the publication is not proud to have her on the cover. Lupita is a star and is making a ripple in Hollywood stereotypes and expectations, but that alone is the reason she is on the cover and that is not okay.

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Not too long ago Kim Kardashian created a controversy by being Vogue's April cover star. The media and Vogue readers had a lot to say about the integrity of the magazine for putting such an "unworthy" celebrity on its cover. The outcry was outrageous, but the bigger issue was that just a few months prior Anna Wintour herself said she would never put Kim on her magazine and did not support her career or fame. Yet Kim now boasts an American Vogue cover on her resume.

Why does Vogue Magazine think it can bash and disrespect celebrities and Hollywood personalities but continue to use them for publicity and sales? What makes Vogue think it can take advantage of the women who have worked so hard to get where they are today? We, as consumers and fashion lovers, continue to refer to Vogue as the fashion Bible and treat every editorial spread or "insightful" article as though it is the Holy Grail of the fashion industry when really we're supporting an industry that builds itself by cheating and disrespecting the personalities that appear in and promote its publication.

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Fashion bloggers pride themselves in showing the "real" side of the fashion world and being the relatable and reliable girls next door. Being real is what we cling to in this fickle industry and being honest gives our voices the influence they deserve. Being true to ones self is being real in all aspects that we present to the world, not just in our tweets and Instagram posts. Everything that we publish is a reflection of our views -- what we agree and disagree with. So why don't we hold Vogue Magazine to that same standard??

Photos from USMagazine.com, Vogue.com, VibeVixen.com