Vogue Italia Controversy

I found this cover on August 2nd and the editorial shortly after it. Since then views on my post have been steady until last night I guess when media giants started to catch wind of the Steven Meisel cover shoot of Kristen McMenamy. Fast forward when I was soaking in the sun when I noticed my entry has gained almost 400 hits today alone and now it’s pushing 600. What’s the big deal?

BP has been making headlines and are now synonymous with environmental disaster. While it wasn’t their first, the past few months haven’t exactly been kind to the Gulf of Mexico, both environmentally and economically. The question at hand with this editorial is how tasteful the images are. The general media craves on this sort of thing and love to call things like this tasteless and crass. Possibly too soon, but you cannot avoid that the fact the images are powerful. The point of fashion editorials, especially what we see in photoshoots in Vogue Italia, present artistic views. Some would say that possibly they’re glamorizing this horrendous event for the sake of fashion, but I hardly get that. Think about all of those lovely garments that were ruined. Point made? They’re sending out a powerful message through this artistic viewpoint and alas, I wouldn’t get too worked up about it. It is but only a fashion magazine.

So what’s your viewpoint. Tacky? Tasteless? Powerful message? You decide.


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