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Disturbing & Controversial: Vogue Italia Accused Of Glamorizing Domestic Violence Through Horror Movie-Inspired Editorial — Judge For Yourself HERE

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It just wouldn't be Italian Vogue without some envelope pushing!

Remember last month's "tribal" story?

This time, the magazine takes on gory horror movie violence in the cover (above) and editorial for the April issue, which features models Issa Lish and Natalie Westling trying to escape a see-through raincoat-clad killer played by male model Bernd Sassmannhausen.

All the horror movie tropes are there, but many believe that the bloody photos also convey a glamorization of domestic violence against women. And that the magazine is purposefully being provocative to sell more copies.

Regarding that critique, Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of the mag, said:

"The horror of life is bigger than the one that you can see in the movies. This is really a horror show, what we are looking at and what we see every day in every newspaper around the world is how fragile the woman still is today, and how she can be attacked, can be abused, can be killed. We sell the dream because we are a magazine… But at the same time, we can give people the opportunity to have a voice, for awareness. It’s not about provocation, at all."

She has a point, and if the editorial gets people thinking more about the very real and very awful nature of domestic violence, then maybe it's worth it in the end!

Plus, one of the models playing the victims (SPOILER ALERT!) fights back and kills the guy in the end!

Watch the mini movie that accompanies the editorial …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

But on the other hand, this could definitely be seen as something that causes more damage than good.

So you tell us…

Is Vogue Italia Being Effective In Spreading Positive Awareness?

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Is Vogue Italia Being Effective In Spreading Positive Awareness?

  • No (49%)
  • Yes (51%)

Total Votes: 152

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5 comments to “Disturbing & Controversial: Vogue Italia Accused Of Glamorizing Domestic Violence Through Horror Movie-Inspired Editorial — Judge For Yourself HERE”

  1. Nicole says – reply to this


    Check this out!

  2. mutts says – reply to this


    When you consider how jealous and hateful white women are of white male asian female couples and older man young woman couples and ESPECIALLY older white male young asian woman couples… its kind of creepy and conniving that a white woman would allow this type of portrayal (assuming i'm interpreting this right). I don't know italian marriage statistics but in america, asian women tend to marry a wealthier more educated white male per capita and as such is less likley to be victims of spousal abuse than a white chick with a lower class hicky bumpkin in a trailer park. And older males commit far less domestic violence than males under 25. They dont just "lose erections". they also lose aggression. Why not have a photoshoot portraying a boy toy attacking his cougar? "this is for calling me a dirty old man in the future [slash slash] and for your future potrayal of me as a sexual villian". This is sexist against males. Ageist against older white males. And racist against white males. Put a black guy in his place and there would be societal RAGE.

  3. Mutts says – reply to this


    I'd read 100000 mail order bride catalogs jam packed with 10000s of eastern cuties before ONE issue of this trashy mag. Raise awareness of eastern women as an exotic beauty.
    Everybody with an IQ over 120 is already aware of spousal abuse and domestic abuse. Now its time to raise awareness of woman on MAN abuse? Millions of women have buried sons killed by crazy women. A white male with a white wife is more likely to be a victim of a domestic homicide than a white male with an asian wife (white women are more statistically likely to commit certain crimes in the usa among females than asian women are). Raise awareness of lesbian domestic violence. Society never raises awareness of things they arent aware of (for some strange reason).

  4. meme says – reply to this


    what a stupid photoshoot and poorly done, I might add.

  5. reb says – reply to this


    honestly, it seems more like fighting back against a murderer/crazy person. nothing in the pictures explicitly suggests domestic violence to me.