Sunday, August 15, 2010

If I Were EIC of Vogue...

I would have more model diversity: skinny, plus-size, young, old, voluptuous, black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, established, new, etc. You'd find them all in the magazine every month.

I would put more models in general on the cover: Arlenis Sosa, Hilary Rhoda, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Kristen McMenamy, and some fresh faces who are just breaking onto the scene.

I would have more high/low fashion spreads. Pairing something from Target with something by Chanel (Lagerfeld would probably kill me, but anyway).

I wouldn't put Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover for at least a full year. Or maybe more. Or maybe forever.

I would accept short story submissions from writers whether they were previously published or not. Vogue used to do this back in the day. I think it's a great way to discover new talent. Plus, short fiction rocks.

I'd have less society pages. They'd still be there, just not as often. I know the socialites featured probably donate money to Vogue or whatnot. But they'd have to settle for being featured less often. Unless someone truly fabulous came along. Someone like Babe Paley.

My motto would be: Always keep them guessing. I'd keep readers on their toes, wondering what would be in the magazine for next month. In other words, I'd try not to be as predictable as the current Vogue.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Well, nothing. It's Halle Berry! She looks gorgeous and this cover is at least ten times better than last month's with awkward Gwyneth.

But you know what is wrong? That Halle is the first black woman on the cover of the September Issue (the biggest issue of the year) since 1989! That's right, it's been almost TWO DECADES since a woman of color was on the cover of this coveted issue. In 1989 the honor went to Naomi Campbell, and she was the first black woman ever to be on the cover of the September Issue.

I know I've talked about lack of diversity in Vogue's covers before, but I still don't get why Vogue won't address it. Or why Vogue is so stingy with putting women of color on the cover.
I. Just. Don't. Get. It.

It just makes me sad that in 2010 we're still talking about these issues. I feel like I'm living in the Dark Ages.