British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is tired of your questions!
She recently complained about people constantly haranguing her about the use of skinny models in her magazine, saying:
“People always say ‘why do you have thin models? That’s not what real people look like’ But nobody really wants to see a real person looking like a real person on the cover of Vogue.”
Well, nobody is saying that we should go from the extreme of skinny to the extreme of “as-average-as-your-next-door-neighbor” but it would be nice to have at least some more variety in the types of bodies represented on the cover of a magazine.
She also explained how she views the magazine as representative of a fantasy and not real life. She said:
“I think Vogue is a magazine that’s about fantasy to some extent and dreams, and an escape from real life. People don’t want to buy a magazine like Vogue to see what they see when they look in the mirror. They can do that for free.”
Again, we don’t think people are advocating for cousin Bob to be on the cover in his work clothes, but models who are not always a tiny size 2 would be a welcome change once in a while! As well as more celebrities like Adele and Mindy Kaling who don’t get their bodies cropped out.
Featuring models who are a size 4 or 6 instead of a size 0 or 2 are the types of changes that would be more realistic, but still maintain the “aspirational” and “escape from real life” quality that Shulman wants to uphold.
Why does it always have to be a model who is 5’11” and 115 pounds who gets the coveted cover spot? Would a little more variety really hurt the magazine’s bottom line?
We doubt it!
Shulman also added:
“I get fed up with having to deal with the question of why are models thin, that sort of bores me.”
Hmm, perhaps the question bores her because she doesn’t have a good answer for it?
Life is hard!
[Image via British Vogue]