As the sun rises in the east, so can Vogue be counted on to be the absolute worst. Their latest fuck up: an editorial showcasing of "the best jeans for every body"... Except that the only bodies represented are extremely tall and skinny, regular tall and skinny, slightly less tall and skinny, and Ashley Graham.
This is obviously a failure on multiple levels, so let's examine this shit show.
Let us begin with an overview of the body types that will be included in this editorial.
Because, as everyone knows, women only come in three shapes: former Victoria's Secret model, current Victoria's Secret model, and future Victoria's Secret model.
LOOK AT ALL THE BODY DIVERSITY.
Tall, thin, white women — Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lily Aldridge — are REALLY not represented enough in the fashion world. So ~*BRAVE*~ of Vogue to include so many of them.
They DID include a single woman of color...
This is Imaan Hamaam, and she's awesome. She also gets very little camera time.
...AND Ashley Graham. So, you know. That makes it DIVERSE.
In the editorial itself, Graham — one of the most famous models on the planet right now — is shown a grand total of once, and only from the waist up. Which totally makes sense for a story about jeans. She's also shot completely differently than any of the other models in the story; while many of the other girls are photographed topless, Graham is the only one whose clothed body is presented as overtly sexual. Because, you know, she's bigger.
When Graham IS shown full-body, it's almost always from behind. The straight-sized models get lots of face time.
Here she's actually turning into Lily Aldridge.
Lily Aldridge is shown doing LOTS of things in this video: She wears multiple outfits, she dances, she struts, she poses, she has fun. She's shown, head to toe, as a complete person. This, here, is basically all that Ashley Graham is shown doing. She's an ass with a person attached, only fit to be shown as the sidekick to someone thinner.
And that's a fucking pity, because SHE IS AN AMAZING MODEL.
You cannot tell me she didn't serve major catwalk realness this entire shoot, yet this is all we get of her in motion.
But nope, let's show more of the skinny people.
Don't get me wrong: I LOVE seeing models doing things and having fun, rather than just being posed, passive objects. But when the only people who get to be fun-loving and carefree are the white, thin people, that doesn't sit right with me.
Vogue would literally rather put a fucking DOG in jeans than show anything like actual body diversity.
My head is going to explode.
This is what passes for inclusive at Vogue: one larger body in a sea of thin people, one woman of color in a cast of white faces. Yeah, well done. Definitely jeans for "every body."
I don't know if I'd recommend it for rage reasons, but you can look at the editorial and see the entire video here.
Do better, Vogue.