I have to admit, when I first saw the recent Vogue Magazine cover featuring a nice mix of ethnicities, I was confused at the huge backlash against it. Isn’t this what people around the world have been pushing for?
Well yes and no.
When dealing with fashion, you aren’t just dealing with race or gender. In fashion where sizes can range from 0 to…well…anything above zero, its your duty to make clothes that fit a broad range of people. According to Ashley Graham, the only plus-sized model in the picture, “Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger”. If that’s true then after first glance, it would seem the cover misses the boat big time.
Now most people probably don’t think this is a big deal, however when one of the key points of your cover states “No Norm is the New Norm”, it doesn’t look good when all the models on your cover look the same size wise (unless you’re trying to be ironic). Vogue tried and failed to be inclusive on this one, but I commend them for the effort. The magazine should use this as a learning point moving forward and look to be more inclusive. Who knows, maybe including more sizes model wise will lead to an expansion for the magazine’s consumer base.