Thursday, September 4, 2008

Vogue India WTH????

For a minute the folks at Vogue had me fooled.  With the publication of the July, Vogue Italy issue (the issue with all Black models) I thought, just maybe, they were trying to do some good in the fashion industry.  Make a change.  Ruffle some racist feathers.  Give some beautiful sisters jobs so others would do the same.  

Well, Vogue was trying to pull a Jedhi mind trick on us.  Have you seen or heard about the Vogue India August issue?  They didn't highlight beautiful Indian models or any other ethnicity, but they did highlight another underserved population in their layouts.  Are you sitting down?  The issue highlights the IMPOVERISHED in a 16 page layout wearing Fendi, Hermes, Birkin and other designers (excuse me while I go throw up now!)!  See the NY Times article that talks more about it.   
A baby who may not get any food tomorrow is wearing a $100 Fendi bib!  The young girl behind them looks quite disturbed, I would be also.  No, I would be pissed!  

The man, who has probably in all likelihood made less than $500 a year (456 million Indians make less than $1.25 daily), is carrying a $200 Burberry umbrella.  

WTH was Vogue India thinking you might ask?  Their response:

Vogue India editor Priya Tanna’s message to critics of the August shoot: “Lighten up,” she said in a telephone interview. Vogue is about realizing the “power of fashion” she said, and the shoot was saying that “fashion is no longer a rich man’s privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful,” she said.


Baby I may be reading a lot of magazines (well, her Mom does...we have books too!), but Vogue won't be one of them.  What a bunch of idiots!   


8 comments:

habeshachild said...

holy crap! that makes me SICK.

Kerri said...

I've never been a vogue reader so hadn't seen this. Yuck! What an awful concept.
Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

Jocelyn said...

That is awful...won't read it again!

kristine said...

This is why I'm grateful you're blogging. I had seen this and was appalled but didn't get to blogging about it. It's insane but having worked in the fashion industry I understand how it happens. They are literally clueless.

Single PAP said...

whoa, priya tanna is so clueless. "fashion is no longer a rich man's privelege..." what an insensitive and utterly ridiculous comment. please tell me they are donating 100% of the magazine sale proceeds to some indian humanitarian aid or something...

haze said...

OMG!! Exploitation anyone? This is irresponsible and vomit-inducing.

Barbara said...

Wow, go off the board for a few days and look what I miss! I don't follow Vogue so I hadn't seen this, but nice pick-up. See? this is why we need you to keep blogging....

iRiS said...

HI:) I hope you dont mind me leaving a comment I found your blog thru the kidhaus giveaway~read your comment and wanted to read more about you sorry im nosey

just wanted to comment on this (although its an old post)
This made me want to hurl as well how utterly shameful
sick sick sick :(

Good luck with everything may you hold your lil child very soon within your loving arms

xox