Vogue Cover Plagued With Accusations And Controversies
Vogue brought together a group of diverse models that they felt represented all different kinds of women for their March 2017 cover. In an attempt to push diversity they have offended a lot of people. Adwoa Aboah, Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner were the models selected to grace the March cover of Vogue. They are all wearing Prada turtlenecks and printed hot pants. Some Vogue readers have said the cover is not diverse enough. Vogue had a different idea on the cover stating in its cover story,
“In a climate of immigration bans and building walls, the biggest names in 2017 make the case that there isn’t just one type of American girl — nor has there ever been.”
Many readers pointed out that all seven models are tall and have light to medium skin tones. Many people feel like they do not represent American girls who are not as tall as models and able to fit sample sizes.
This is not the only controversy that plagued the Vogue cover. Ashley Graham, who was the only plus-size model on the cover, also came under fire. On the cover, all the girls have their arms wrapped around each other except for Graham who has her hand on her thigh. Many people saw this as an attempt to make Graham's thigh look smaller. Also, Gigi Hadid's arm looks like it was photo-shopped to appear longer to cover a part of Graham's torso. Readers speculated all of this as an attempt to make Graham look skinner. Graham fired back to the readers and critics on her Instagram page saying,
“I chose to pose like that. No one told me to do anything.”
It is a shame that all this took away from the positive message Vogue was trying to convey. It is also a shame that they failed at delivering the message.