Sunday, April 27, 2008

Vogue (Italia, not US) wakes up to black

Vogue Italia's plan to feature black models almost exclusively in its July issue is an extremely welcome counter-weight to the racism Naomi Campbell (the noted bully) has complained of in the fashion world. Anna Wintour's US Vogue botched a tentatively bold (oxymoron, yes) step in using a black model on the cover of its April issue - athlete Lebron James, but cast as a King Kong lookalike; or some sort of apish sexual monster with white gal supermodel Gisele hooked up like Jane to his Tarzan (or other jungly connotations).

Wintour, of course, is no pioneer of equality of any sort - horses for courses, darling (frocks 'n' jeans in her case) - but we might have expected a zeitgeist queen of her calibre to have been uneased as she stooped over the light box pix of James - to have detected a leeeeeeetle playing up to (unintentional, I'm sure) elderly racist stereotypes of black men.

Perhaps the old girl is starting to lose it a bit.

Still, full marks to Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani for her initiative. She tells the Indy On Sunday: "Nobody is using black girls. I see so many beautiful girls and they were complaining that they are not used enough."

4 comments:

Ms Baroque said...

Agh! Couldn't resist this one. You're linked.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you Ms B - and don't think I haven't noticed your new blog on Wordpress - I'm sure you've explained somewhere why you made the move but I actually quite like Blogger even though Blog Executives say one shouldn't stay with Blogger for more than a few months. What do they know?

Mopsa said...

Brilliant juxtaposition - hope it hits home on those who should be ashamed of themselves. Ooh - and what's this about Blogger execs suggesting we jump ship after a while? Why??

Madame Arcati said...

Some nonsense about being taken seriously as a blogger. This assumes that one blogs to start a new career. Yet MA is one of the most famous bloggers around; and Blogger is technically superior to rivals such as Wordpress, as Ms B will discover. I can't think why she shifted.