The March issue of Vogue purports to represent “all types” of women, meaning several really hot models and also Ashley Graham. The cover declares:
“Women Rule! Fashion’s Fearless Females. No Norm is the New Norm.”
That last part is too nonsensical to be worthy of comment. Also, how do Women Rule! just because they’re on the beach in bikinis? Imagine a cover of Men’s Life that said Men Rule! and showed a bunch of guys hanging out in their shorts and Speedos. It would be mocked relentlessly, and with good reason, as this should be. Graham, who fancies herself an activist because she eats a lot of calamari, has previously stated:
“Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger. Sixty-seven percent. Maybe you could ignore those consumers before, but now, thanks to social media, they’re making their voices heard.”
That’s absolutely horrifying if true. So let’s get these numbers straight: Vogue aims to celebrate all women. In doing so they feature six thin, in shape women, and one who’s overweight? Seems thin women are overrepresented by about a thousand percent. That’s not a criticism, it’s just not enough. Vogue knows what they’re doing. They don’t want a magazine full of heifers, nobody would buy it, which is a slightly lower number than their current sales. Throwing this fatty a bone seems almost condescending. At the very least, it’s extremely noncommittal and belies the obvious fact that they’re a bunch of confused idiots pandering to a bunch of other confused idiots.
Ashley Graham is the second from the left. She is posing with her arm over her gunt, a slimming position. Vogue also added a white stripe to her otherwise black shorts, also for slimming purposes. Notice the arm coming in from the right grabbing her waste. That is the arm of Gigi Hadid, which, along with her hand, is extremely elongated. That’s because Vogue photoshopped Graham to make her look thinner.
In the process Vogue has lost all credibility, but the body shaming crowd on Twitter is just as disingenuous. If it wasn’t painfully obvious Vogue is grasping at straws on their way out, look at what an absolutely shitty job they did of not making this look obvious. Did they really think nobody would notice?
People respect honesty. If you’d like to have any shot at continuing to operate, go all the way next time and remove Graham immediately, perhaps replacing her with one of the nine million super hot porn stars on Twitter. We’re all sick and tired of this dance. Especially Graham, she’s easily winded.
Photo Credit: Vogue