Thursday, 15 December 2011
Franca Sozzani does curvy justice.
Okay, this is late. Its about the June Vogue Italia issue, so yeah that's a good 6 months late. I know, I should probably kill myself- but hey! wasn't blogging around that time na. And then it slipped my mind until now.
I'm definitely one of those people who believe curvy women should get more exposure in mainstream media, as by ignoring curvier/plus-size women it kinda gives the message that they do not exist. In fashion especially, the message that is sent through almost very communication is that only skinny, stick thin girls deserve to wear fashionable things, the rest can shop at Target or whatever. Basically, a majority of the female population around the world is marginalized, and deemed not sexy enough, not pretty enough and not worth fashion.
At the same time, you need to just take a look at Christina Hendricks in Mad Men, Nigella Lawson, and Kim Kardashian (yes!) to know that sexy has nothing to do with bones. Not really.
Franca Sozzani, the Editor- in-Chief of Vogue Italia, and definitely one of the coolest women in fashion today has made it a personal project to fight against this stereo typing of women.The Italian Vogue website has a Vogue Curvy section which focuses on beauty/fashion tips for curvier women, so they feel as much a part of the Vogue experience as a skinny girl, and thereby extending the boundaries of a seemingly fickle industry. In addition, the cover of the June issue features three plus-size models- Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in their lingerie around a table with real food (spaghetti), with the title "Belle Vere", meaning true beauty.
The shoot is done by Steven Meisel, and honestly- wow! these women look gorgeous. Like seriously. I like that the shoot wasn't about 'what to wear if you are chubs', but more about 'so what if your chubs? your still smokin'.
The pictures have a gorgeous 1950's type feel to it, the styling is pretty sexy.
Take a look, it would be an oddity if you didn't like.
Okay, btw Vogue Italia, is by far one of the most entertaining fashion websites I've ever been to, and a whole league apart from other the other Vogue sites. Should check it out, they've got tarot cards even!