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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Vogue Italia, June 2011

The new Italian Vogue just hit New York? Soooo Sexy!

It is so real and well-executed, and respectful of the models; it's not just a publicity stunt to boost sales. What do you think? (You can also see it online here.)
As you know, I am a huge fan of Franca Sozzani's work. I learned photography flipping through pages of Vogue Italia all through the 90s. Her web presence is of note as well - over a year ago she introduced IT Vogue Curvy and IT Vogue Black on her magazine's site.
I think this cover story is just another example of why Franca is so ahead of the game in fashion magazine publishing, and why she is the most visionary editor working today.
If you want to see more issues like this, show publishers your support. Talk with your money.

Comments on "Vogue Italia, June 2011"

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:37 PM) : 

Great cover, but the women on the right would look much sexier if she weren't spread eagle. IMHO.

 

Blogger comme fraiche said ... (3:39 PM) : 

She is also smart to feature the photography of Steven Meisel.

 

Blogger modaslamona said ... (3:41 PM) : 

Vogue Italia is the best Vogue in the world by far!!!! So arty!!!

 

Blogger Rachel said ... (3:42 PM) : 

vava ving! Wow!

 

Blogger Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said ... (3:42 PM) : 

I think this is absolutely stunning and perfectly timed. What a great idea. Thanks Franca Sozzani! Nicely done.

Kacie
http://www.acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/

 

Blogger Ashra Harris said ... (3:44 PM) : 

This is so beautiful!

 

Anonymous greendress said ... (3:50 PM) : 

thank you very much sart for the links to IT Vogue Curvy and IT Vogue Black.

 

Blogger Tere Kirkland said ... (3:51 PM) : 

Yes! They have bodies! Real bodies!

I suddenly feel so optimistic...

 

Blogger monkeyshines ♥ said ... (3:52 PM) : 

dandy photo! sexy!

http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

 

Anonymous Al said ... (3:55 PM) : 

Many italian bloggers screamed "Scandal!It's just an hypocrite advertisement" when they saw this cover and editorial.
They were saying that if Sozzani (or anyone else) wants to give importance to another kind of beauty they should do it more often, or a regular basis, and give space to all kind of beauty in the editorials because not only "curvy" or "skinny" women exist.

I am a curvy woman, but I don't have the same opinion. I think that fashion should stay as a dream, an ideal of beauty, something that makes you wonder when you look at pictures and fashion shows report. Models should stay as they are: beautiful. And skinny (not sick, though, of course)

Democratization of fashion is beautiful and is great but it shouldn't bring everything to the same level and it shouldn't bring every day life to ALL kinds of fashion. Is like saying everyone should be a surgeon even without a degree or that everyone should have the possibility of doing an art exhibition even if they're not artists.
Give Cesar what belongs to Cesar.

It's a very complicated topic, and I don't know if I'm explaining my point of view in the right way.

I think that this kind of editorials are already something, I like them, I appreciate them and I think that Franca is really forward in what she's doing, especially with Vogue Curvy. And it's OK to do it just in a section of Vogue website or just in a cover every100.

Trying to make it become normality and bringing everyday democratic fashion in high fashion would kill the fashion that makes us dream through the pages of a magazine, that gives us a beautiful escape from our everyday, stressful and sometimes grey lives.

I'm not beautiful, I'm not skinny, I don't have money to spend in Givenchy or Valentino but I still want to dream.

And I thank Franca for still making us dream while making us feel, once in a while, that women like us can be beautiful and fashionably too. It's the perfect balance.

Al

-The Red Dot-

 

Anonymous s said ... (3:55 PM) : 

THE FEMINITY.... ;)
LOVE this shot ;)


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:58 PM) : 

Personally I'm not a fan of it. I think it represents an outdated male fantasy which is far from reality. I'd be excited to see a new kind of empowered androgyny myself rather than something that might appeal to people who enjoy Dolce Gabbana, Dubai, and the 'supermodel era'. Where's Kirsten Owen in an old army surplus sweater when you need her. Cx

 

Anonymous Greencoat said ... (4:06 PM) : 

These are mostly tasteful pictures but the open-crotch model goes too far.

 

Blogger Patricia said ... (4:07 PM) : 

i think it's well done in how i view it, that the girl with her legs open is actually a male figure. but they look gorgeous, and owning our sexuality is important.

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Blogger annie markantonatou said ... (4:09 PM) : 

what a cover!

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Anonymous Lucija said ... (4:13 PM) : 

Totally agree with you. She is a true visionary!

XO,
Lucija

withlovelucija.blogspot.com

 

Blogger Carolina Sundell said ... (4:13 PM) : 

I agree it's very well executed. I think Sozzani is doing incredible work for fashion..

 

Blogger Tere Kirkland said ... (4:16 PM) : 

Okay, so I didn't mean to imply that women whose body types are closer to the model standard aren't real women, but it is nice to see more shapely women in editorials.

What would be even better is if there was more variety in the body types we see in the fashion world, whether that is on the runway or fashion spreads in mags. Because none of these women in the Italian Vogue look like they could fit into the sample sizes of designer clothing.

I was also very glad to see Christina Hendricks on the cover of my Lucky mag this month!

 

Anonymous Bridget said ... (4:17 PM) : 

These women are absolutely beautiful, and I for one am glad to see curvy women as well. But I am wondering at your calling it respectful.... the cover and the lowest picture are not what I would call respectful, unless your definition of respect is to oversex and objectify the beautiful curvy women in the same way the beautiful thin women are. I'd like to see these gorgeous women treated with a little more dignity.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:24 PM) : 

A thounsand thumbs up!!!! :)

 

Blogger Anas Canon said ... (4:26 PM) : 

I applaud their efforts but in our book (Black Men) these women barely qualify as 'thick'. I would still wanna feed them some soul food to get them where they need to be at ;)

 

Blogger Yajaira said ... (4:27 PM) : 

black and white photos are always classy

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Anonymous dwest said ... (4:31 PM) : 

I kept looking at this photo wondering what made it so special. It's just typical male fantasy. Then I realized that it's so "amazing" because the models are supposedly "fat". How depressing.

 

Blogger Elisa said ... (4:33 PM) : 

the girls are wonderful, but I don't like the ideia of "curvy" women pictured in such vulgar way... the hair, the lingerie, everything is so cliché! why the spreads legs? and the nude? the fact that she is hidding is so corky! and all these seduction faces... The only picture I truly like is the second one. I wish we could see this girls elegantly dressed, the real chalenge for curvy women is how to manage their beautiful volumes and look elegant and not like a 50's pin up.

 

Blogger Mon said ... (4:41 PM) : 

Regardless of the size issue, this type of image is what fashion was and should be about; a new/return to a aesthetic before it's mainstream. Creating a fantasy through clothes, styling, photographic staging etc.

After all, there's trends in body types just as there are in hemlines.

I think what I like most about this is that the model's are actually beautiful - I am so sick of looking at models who, let's face it, aren't that facially attractive.

 

Anonymous Iziee said ... (4:41 PM) : 

I love Italian Vogue, it embraces women of all colors & sizes! This is the definition of elegance and fabulousity!

 

Anonymous dawn said ... (4:41 PM) : 

Definitely a fan of the female form and fashion, but legs wide open does NOT empower women. It's a male definition of how he would like to define a woman. One step forward two steps back with this image projecting the idea of "femininity". May be the front cover but it can also grace the top shelf.

 

Blogger Renaud Cerqueux said ... (4:43 PM) : 

Looks like an old Playboy magazine!

 

Blogger nikkb said ... (4:48 PM) : 

so beautiful, the imagery!! very Sophia Loren-esque!!

www.nikkbsnotes.blogspot.com

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:50 PM) : 

I don't like sorry

 

Blogger The PvdH Journal said ... (4:53 PM) : 

I received my copy a few weeks back and I did not think 'publicity stunt', but more in the lines of actual sex appeal. It is a long shot, but hopefully this will bring back a better view of what a normal female figure is meant to look like- be it thin or curvy. We are all different, and it is this difference which I believe should be celebrated.

Thank you for sharing this and creating a forum for discussion,

Paola

Http://www.thepvdhjournal.com

 

Blogger Purse & Co said ... (4:56 PM) : 

I love Franca Sozzani, she's smart and the best director for Vogue. Sign the petition!


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Blogger diana kang said ... (4:58 PM) : 

these are stunning! xx

 

OpenID blogdacaro said ... (5:01 PM) : 

Amazing! Real woman and real bodys!
So great Vogue have done that!!!
;)
Caroline R.
http://blogdacarol.com.br

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:01 PM) : 

didn't know vogue curvy existed, just checked the link and instantly feel much better about my curves, it is amazing the power fashion has about the way we feel with ourselves!

 

Blogger raquel said ... (5:14 PM) : 

i'm glad finally everyone can see that beauty comes in ALL shapes and sizes, genders and ages! just need to be able to see it!

Raquel

 

Anonymous honeybeeandmeonline.net said ... (5:14 PM) : 

Maybe it's because I am in my 40's now, but I can no longer relate to fashion magazines... Either the girls look like they are 13 and I do not even what what they are wearing, as it is not believable to see them in these cloths knowing that when they take off from the fashion shoot they would not even consider wearing the cloths they model...

It is true that as we age we evolve and come more into the true essence of our being, and we look truly beautiful...

Are we really talking about this issue???
I would love to see these women on the cover in a more natural setting.. I do not know how they look as they have so much makeup and the hair is not how we really wear our hair as women!!!!

I still believe it is the street that is where I find my inspiration not magazines...


xxoo
Melissa

 

Anonymous Maja Piraja said ... (5:15 PM) : 

Great, they're curvy. Now give us curvy women who aren't either naked or eating. I swear, they're always either naked or eating.. Baby steps, I guess..

 

Blogger john benjamin pritchett said ... (5:18 PM) : 

Exquisite photography! I can't get "Vogue Italia" where I live. Thanks for the photos.

 

Blogger Katy said ... (5:20 PM) : 

The cover is breathtaking. I wish they'd left the fur out though... just distracts my mind from the allure of the scene and makes me think about suffering.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:23 PM) : 

Simply amazing...

 

Blogger Alice said ... (5:23 PM) : 

Stunning! I actually blogged about it yesterday. I love this editorial so much...

Just a Silhouette

 

Anonymous Marcela said ... (5:25 PM) : 

I love the pictures, they look great.
You are right the editor in chief of Italian Vogue is doing a job that surpasses what all the other editors are doing.
Love vogue curvy and black vogue.

 

Blogger tiffany. said ... (5:28 PM) : 

CURVE THE PLANET!!!

xo.
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Blogger juliette said ... (5:29 PM) : 

Beautiful girls beautifully photographed; sure. But I don't see why using curvy models is still a novelty or something to be applauded, after all most women post puberty have curves - though perhaps not in the rarefied world of fashion. And I am not convinced that it is respectful of the model to have a spread-leg shot of her clad in nowt but lingerie in a restaurant. Sexy of course but respectful? The last shot you posted was the best in my humble opinion as it captured a playfulness and sense of being the person she was smiling at.

 

Anonymous Nola Curtis said ... (5:31 PM) : 

AWESOME. I remember a post earlier this year about the term "curvy", Italian vogue has captured it here and it's sexxxy! love it. love it. love it. sooooooo good.

 

Blogger Leah said ... (5:33 PM) : 

Typical. This is not revolutionary or empowering. These women are stunning, yet because they're "plus-size," they're pictured in nothing but lingerie. It's like women who aren't "model skinny" can't be anything but sexpots. This fashion shoot is hardly high fashion—they're pictured as nothing more than male fantasy. These women are STILL not being dressed in designer clothing...instead they're not dressed at all.

Boring! What would be truly revolutionary would be to see these women wearing the same high-end brands that Vogue features on all their thin models. Oh wait, those designers don't design clothes for "curvy" women.

 

Anonymous Nola Curtis said ... (5:35 PM) : 

In response to juliette -- respectful? if the sex is good, respect is the last thing on my mind.
The art in these photographs is beautiful and obviously creating some stir.

 

Anonymous mon sac by me said ... (5:40 PM) : 

Viva Vogue Italia !! just sublim !!

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Anonymous Lu said ... (5:43 PM) : 

Where is the fashion? While its always a pleasure to see a different kind of body shape in a fashion magazine, I'm getting tired of these once-a-year editorials so many fashion magazines do which seem to lump all the "plus-size" models together in one shoot (often in states of undress rather than modelling... fashion!). Next month we'll probably be back to very very thin models as far as the eye can see. While I admire that fashion magazines are making the effort to diversify, why make it all about the bodies? Why not mix them in periodically, whith clothes ON? Fashion should be about ogling clothes, not ogling bodies.

 

Anonymous misha said ... (5:47 PM) : 

wow what a cover! i am a big fan.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:51 PM) : 

Beautiful! I hope someday plus size models will become popular. It would be nice to see what the designers' clothing looks like on a curvy body type, especially in online shops. Right now I can only guess.

 

Blogger Tweetlechops said ... (5:56 PM) : 

LOVE THOSE SHOOTS XXXX

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Blogger Hilary Inspired said ... (5:57 PM) : 

Stunning and completely refreshing. I look forward to seeing a greater balance of aesthetics in traditional fashion publishing as we move forward. It makes for a much more ineresting landscape of creativity, don't you think? Subscribing right now!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:59 PM) : 

The thing that I'm most upset by is that people are calling these girls plus sized. I think that they're all pretty skinny...

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 PM) : 

I don't find sexy disrespectful personally and I wouldn't call the models legs 'spread eagle' either??? I think the layout is very sensual and beautiful. I also think their figures are stunning along with their faces.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:08 PM) : 

i've noticed that heavy-set women who want to appear sexy and attractive dress very promiscuously. it's not necessary. i'd like to see a spread with curvy woman who don't look promiscuous.... sexy, yes, but not like this. it goes too far.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:15 PM) : 

LOVE! Beautiful, shapely models on the cover of a fashion mag - its been far too long (um, like since the 80s!!) I shall heed your call and buy, buy, buy!

 

Anonymous Louise said ... (6:15 PM) : 

The photography is certainly stylish and attractive, and it's great that the models aren't waifs. But the spreadeagled woman on the cover is certainly not tasteful. If she had her legs closed or crossed the whole photo would be improved and suitable to be on the cover perhaps. This way it looks more like those 1920s erotic postcards.

 

Blogger Jen said ... (6:20 PM) : 

I think the cover is beautiful and sexy. But honestly i don't think this is revolutionary - curvy women are known for being sexy and have all that sex appeal more than the skinny/flat chest models. I would be more impressed if they still have the the high fashion clothes on as all the other skinny/flat chest models, and still deliver the same quality of editorials.
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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:22 PM) : 

I'll believe having over-weight models isn't a publicity stunt to boost sales when they regularly appear along side the under-weight models that are usually featured in these magazines.

I also agree with everyone else regarding the model with her legs spread - it's just crass and distasteful and I wish they would stop photographing women (of any weight) like that.

 

Anonymous Tall girl said ... (6:24 PM) : 

I would love to see models with more flesh on their bones in fashion magazines, but i'm not keen on this editorial. I think they are playing too hard on sex and have completely forgotten about the fashion aspect - the photos would be more appropriate in a men's magazine. Do women have to be objectified to this extent just because they have great curves? How about showing great clothes on great, normal women?!?

 

Anonymous Sian said ... (6:41 PM) : 

Totally agree with Elisa, Maja Piraja and Leah - I don't know why we couldn't see these models in some high fashion outfits. I don't understand why models with a little more weight on them (I really don't like the use of 'curvy' as it's mostly a euphemism for 'chubby' instead of what it used to mean: a certain shape, waist-to-hip-ratio, etc.) need special treatment, ie. be photographed in lingerie. Why make their weight an issue?
Also, they have beautiful faces but they all look totally the same. Maybe it's just me.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 PM) : 

First off, I think these are beautiful photographs. Responding to some of the other comments that curvy women are always in lingerie, I read on another site (can't remember which, sorry) shortly after images were first released that the reason is that the majority of designer brands do not offer sample clothing for photo shoots in plus size. So it's simply an issue of not having the high-end clothing available for them to wear at the time of shooting.

 

Blogger JEAN-PIERRE said ... (6:46 PM) : 

Hi scott. Funny that you mention vogue.it black! Because I'm featured on the website this month, and your photo of me leads the album!

 

Blogger I AM NOT FASHION said ... (6:49 PM) : 

Quite beautiful pictures! Thank god for realism!

xo.k.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:49 PM) : 

For those of us not in the industry, please explain why you think this cover story is "visionary."

Is it because the models aren't the lanky, thin type?

Is it something to do with the photographic style?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:59 PM) : 

son mujeres hermosas !

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:06 PM) : 

Wow-real, curvy women! In a fashion magazine. In Vogue! Imagine that. It's great

 

Anonymous Christian Thorsbye said ... (7:06 PM) : 

Just got the magazine myself . Love the shoot <3 I think it is sexy, but in a tasteful way.

Bellissimo !!! ;-)


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Blogger Duse Pasteller said ... (7:07 PM) : 

How nice to see some real female shapes!!
Love it!
Janni:)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:09 PM) : 

These pictures would be lovely in Playboy for a change, but, for a women's magazine, I'd prefer to see more clothes, less women. I can look in the mirror any old time for a naked, sexy woman.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 PM) : 

The use of the word 'respectful' undermines the claim that you do not view it as a stunt.
That notion mostly comes up in the context of photography when there is a risk of treating the person photographed as a stand-in for a particular issue, thus dehumanizing them: eg. photos of people with visible disabilities, travel photography in 'exotic'/poor countries, journalistic photos of famine/war/etc.

So, 'respectful' to me makes it sound a bit like 'look how well this photographer worked together with the models to hide all their flaws, making them feel all normal...'.

Whether or not you meant it that way. Just like you apparently were not aware how the 'sturdy legs' would come across... Same thing here: mentioning it at all, albeit in such generous paternalistic approval, gives the impression there was a 'sensitive issue' to be carefully considered. Which turns these women from beautiful people into stand-ins for their body shape.

And that is the opposite of respect.

I agree with some of the posters above. Making a replica of the Mad Men set and invoking a very retro male fantasy does not empowerment make, nor is it still very new at this point - this (rather unfortunate imo) revival has been around for some time.

Nostalgia is the domain of the privileged.

 

Blogger Ericcacaca... said ... (7:16 PM) : 

Beautiful. The lady in the middle on the front cover reminds me of Rachel Welch in Bedazzled, 1967, one of the wittiest and funniest movies ever made. Lillian Lust, the babe with bust, I hope none of you are too politically correct to enjoy it.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:18 PM) : 

I am not sure how one can say this is respectful to the models...one is completely crotch open to the camera, another's breasts are spilling onto the table. It is great that they are curvy, but when was the last time you saw any skinny model crotch open on the cover of a magazine? Not including Hustler...

 

Blogger Marcel Da Chump said ... (7:19 PM) : 

Curvy women look great nude.
Skinny women make clothes look great.
Of course, it's just my opinion.
But if you could ask Pierre Auguste Renoir and Irving Penn;
based on their body of work,
they would agree.

 

Blogger life is happy most of the time. said ... (7:23 PM) : 

these are perfect!! i love the curves! i have got the curves and i love seeing other real women who do toooooo! xxxx

 

Blogger picklekitty said ... (7:25 PM) : 

So nice to see a cover with women who are more than just skin and bones. So beautiful!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:52 PM) : 

Al - The Red Dot is spot on!!! Thanks for your comment.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:54 PM) : 

I'm totally in agreement with those who don't like this. And I'm no prude. Why can't we have pictures focusing on the elegance of the larger-sized woman (in regular Vogue), rather than a vulgar image of the same? I agree with the person above who said this reflects an outdated male fantasy.

As an economist, I note that as women make gains in education and employment in general in the western world, the backlash against women as independent, thinking creatures only becomes more crass, and so deeply embedded in the subconscious that we think a return to the PINUP is progress... Eek! Sorry, Scott. Not on the same page.

 

Anonymous James said ... (8:02 PM) : 

Good Lord. I had no idea what you were talking about and had to come to the comments to realise... These models are apparently 'plus size'??? More like 'just under medium size'! This is not a revolution except in a world where skin-and-bones thinness is the ONLY attractive way for a woman to look - an ideal which, I might add, *YOU* constantly reinforce with *YOUR* photographs!

 

Blogger Evan said ... (8:14 PM) : 

Amazing..love it ...so Bella

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:15 PM) : 

Oops..I meant "pin up" :)

 

OpenID agoodwardrobe.com said ... (8:20 PM) : 

I absolutely agree that we should vote with our money, which is why I purchased this issue instead of just flipping through our school copy!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:21 PM) : 

It be nice if they didn't all have the same face. The blurred background is a NO.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:24 PM) : 

Great topic Scott!

To all that see sexy as exploitive I would remind you that if your mum didn't look sexy to your dad and if he didn't "exploit" her sexuality- you would not exist. Thin and curvy women have always been and always will be objects of male fantasy - please get comfortable with who you are curvy , slim, black white etc. No apologies are necessary for human sexuality; gay, straight, male or female - kindness and respect can coexist with a healthy libido. Is not fashion intended to attract? If it is too bold or sexy for you don't wear it or buy it - try tolerance - that is always in fashion.

 

Blogger Serene said ... (8:25 PM) : 

This just reminds me of Playboy circa 1970s (?). Seriously, respectful of the models? Finally we're shown voluptuous women in the fashion industry only to have them completely objectified and overly sexualized. What do any of those pictures have to do with fashion? Will we be seeing these beautiful women in REAL clothing editorials? on the runways? as spokesperson for a designer cosmetics line? Not anytime soon, I'm sure.

Showing women sprawled head hanging off a couch with their breasts dropping to each side is HARDLY respectful. Or on top of a desk with her butt up in the air doesn't exactly say, "I respect you and value the woman that you are" It simply plays into mens' fantasies and it's really really sad that a noted and respected FASHION magazine pandered to this.

 

Anonymous Sally said ... (8:30 PM) : 

Respectful of the models? Why do photo shoots with plus size models so often involve food and lingerie then??

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:41 PM) : 

The cover, the women & Franca are all so beautiful..... Bravo!

It is soooo sexy & I simply love the look of the open legs - life & love !

Tastefully done!

 

Blogger emily said ... (8:41 PM) : 

I love this cover. But if the Sartorialist is really interested in celebrating women of all sizes, how about more street photos of curvy women?

 

Anonymous Maryanne said ... (8:53 PM) : 

Italian Vogue is ' light years ' ahaead of American Vogue.
I collected all the Italian Vogues from the 90's and sold that collection of magazines just a few years ago.
Have had my moments of regret.

Steven Meisel is very talented.

*For anyone who loves the idustry as much as I do..a fantastic little shop which is opposite Bryant Park and carries back issues of all major fashion magazines..especially Italian Vogue.
I came across it last month:
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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 PM) : 

Personally, I only like the second photo. The other two looks terrible, as if taken from a male photographer's point of view.

Yes, it is sexy but shouldn't there be a hint of respect for the model's body. I think that many women would feel uncomfortable posing for the last photo; not because of the nudity but the pose in itself.

 

Blogger ADJ said ... (9:10 PM) : 

Again, I see real women here. They are gorgeous! Well done, Vogue Italia!!!!

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Blogger pefblog said ... (9:19 PM) : 

What's this got to do with fashion? It's not refined, dignified or respectful. You are kidding yourself!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 PM) : 

I have no problem with the picture. If the picture is offensive, don't look at it or buy the magazine. To whoever is a self hating curvy girl. I support all body types in fashion. Skinny is boring. Been there done that. I have T & A and I'm proud, yet somehow I'm fat in the fashion world. I think if the models had a problem with a shoot they knew would be semi nude or shot in underwear before they were booked, they could have said no. Obviously, there was no objection. If I were asked to hired to do the cover shoot, I would do it with pride. I have nothing to hide and I'm happy with what my parents gave me. If fashion is about change and variety, it should also apply to body types (skinny to curvy) and ethnicities and everything in between.

 

Anonymous Alessandra said ... (9:22 PM) : 

I have to admit I was quite puzzled as to the "visionary" aspect of this cover until I started reading the comments, since it seemed pretty standart to me (beautifuly done, yes, but nothing unusual). But oh, yeah, models with some body fat. Wow. Color me shocked (not!). I think just the fact that women who are not a size zero on a magazine cover is considered such a big deal is just evidence of how bad things have got.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:24 PM) : 

beautiful women great hair very sexy 1st photo, would of positioned he leg differently

 

Blogger SAMANTHA said ... (9:28 PM) : 

I absolutely LOVE this - the fact that they are not stick skinny. and beautiful. amazing photos.


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 PM) : 

This makes me so happy, and reminds me to be confident in my curves. I feel perfectly okay with myself in this moment. Thanks for posting this, I needed it.

 

Blogger Huda said ... (10:05 PM) : 

I do love and enjoy Franca Sozzani's work. Great to see these beautiful models on the cover, representing many of us who are neither stick figures nor obese. I have to say thou Vogue Italia has always been one of the few fashion magazine to feature real models of all racial background w/o attempting to make any political point about it, unlike the joke that is today's US Vogue.

 

Anonymous Ann-Marie said ... (10:13 PM) : 

I was confused about the respectful comment too, as the first thing I noticed was lingerie and legs spread open. I didn't notice the fact that the models were curvy till the third photo. Could be SO much classier...

 

Blogger friendandfaux said ... (10:13 PM) : 

Bodies are beautiful
Fashion is beautiful

and just maybe there is no relationship

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:14 PM) : 

Oh dear,(deep sigh)I don't see the art of making these lovely women look like hookers. so, not liking the cover... but, do love the picture of the elegant and sexy Lady at her dressing table. Very sexy.
Regards,
Miranda

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:19 PM) : 

Very nice indeed. However, perhaps more appropriate for inside Vogue. My first thought was,"Why does Vogue have three women in their panties on their cover?" I'm thinking, put the same women in clothes and we might have something groundbreaking. And the crotch shot is vulgar.

 

Anonymous Cara said ... (10:22 PM) : 

Clearly these women are beautiful and wonderfully shot, but I don't think one can call it "respectful" until the photographer can show that they're lovely IN clothes as well.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 PM) : 

Very nice job. I am tired of looking at stick-thin models who then pump their bust with silicon in a very unattractive attempt to regain their lost cleavage.

Very nice models, very natural. Can't wait til the natural, un-"enhanced" body is back in.

 

Anonymous rosario said ... (10:37 PM) : 

amazing!!! sooooooooooooo beautiful. so real

 

Anonymous Virginia said ... (10:50 PM) : 

Why you mention Franca but dont mention the photographer?... I believe she is great but he executes ideas trough the vision of great photographers, and every photographer working for Vogue could make a different response to her idea!. Virginia Del Giudice, pbotographer

 

Blogger Unknown said ... (11:06 PM) : 

This looks like an issue of Italian Playboy to me. Looks beautiful, but more like a sex mag than fashion mag.

 

Blogger Pearl Bhasin said ... (11:12 PM) : 

Gosh! I'm going to eat some cake NOW!! :D

 

Blogger dyedye said ... (11:46 PM) : 

Totally agree with the comment about 'spread eagle' woman. The pose is imediately distracting- call us prudes but I just think it's not flattering. Otherwise YES!! very sexy- love the woman behind the net curtain. Beautiful.

 

Blogger Liz S said ... (11:52 PM) : 

No wonder many young women hide their breasts and want breast reductions, when women with a bit more weight and breast size than the average model are shown everywhere as shallow sex objects (or yes, portrayed in the 50s pinup way)--and progressively seen this way by many young males, not as all round AND well rounded intellectual, loving, sporty, witty, funny, versatile, relaxed, short haired, boyish (for want of a better word), playful, community minded, yet still understated sexy persons. If you don't fit the traditional mould you're not as well accepted.

Besides curvy is a false name--everyone has curves. Trying to be polite and steer away from the correct terminology does not make it respectful. Why does it even need a separate issue?? Giving women who don't fit the perfect model shape their own section seems so discriminatory to me, when after all most of the western world is even slightly overweight. This doesn't make it necessarily healthy--which is not the issue anyway with fashion-- but it does make them a part of the everyday world. Make all body types and facial features... AND outlooks, look great, and as they are, in every issue of a fashion magazine and I will support them. And what's with this black issue? Last I looked there were people around me with all types of skin colour.

This is why the rise of alternative fashion/lifestyle magazines has seen a rapid rise in readership.

But I do love good arty photography where sexy is not about showing your crotch at the dinner table when you are supposedly slightly overweight according to the fashion world. The whole thing seems so old fashioned.

 

Blogger Brigette Olmos-Arreola said ... (12:05 AM) : 

Beautiful, sexy, captivating … and the women have real bodies! Thanks for sharing this.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 AM) : 

I love that they have heft! Man, that's a nice change from the usual waifs that grace the covers.

 

Blogger gem twin said ... (12:34 AM) : 

I agree--ESPECIALLY in Italy where it is practically dangerous to take some of her positions Franca is incredibly intelligent, modern and on pointe. Her sister rocks as well! thanks for recognizing the effort!

 

Anonymous RPW said ... (12:56 AM) : 

It took me a handful of pictures before I figured out what was so different and "visionary" about this piece. Oh, alright, the girls are a little bit bigger than your average couture waif. The fact that anyone would debate the place of these women in a fashion mag (and not a special plus-sized fashion mag)is flat out absurd. They are beautiful and have great bodies.

I am rather disappointed (and yet not at all surprised) that IT Vogue didn't go for something based on more actual fashion. I'm not bothered by the sexuality. These photos are sexy as s**t (I mean, seriously, I was getting a little tingly, and I'm a straight girl). But the fact that they went ahead and played along with the whole "curvy girls are more sexual" stereotype is... yeah, disappointing.

Beautiful photos, but somewhat lacking in innovation. This is not groundbreaking.

 

Blogger Amaka said ... (1:04 AM) : 

Scott, the issue and argument of the "pin thing" versus "curvy" or "real" women is only of secondary importance here. The issue here is yet another sexualized image of women under the guise of progress.

If you consider images of women naked or sitting sprawled (curvy or otherwise) as visionary or ahead of its time, then there is a bigger problem then this post and the images therein. This objectification of women and women's bodies is NOT art. It is symbolic of degraded moral concepts in the form of concepts.

 

Anonymous candleashes said ... (1:08 AM) : 

i don't fully get it. These shots don't look classy to me at all, except for the second photo. I looked at all of them and it looks more like a male fantasy than anything in a woman's clothing magazine. I do love the work, I think it's very artistic, but I would like to see it some other place. How is a nude woman wearing a curtain supposed to sell garments to me? I don't see fashion in this.
The fact that people are commenting on their weight is depressing to me (positive or negative)

 

Blogger tiff said ... (1:28 AM) : 

NOT RESPECTFUL.

I'd rather see more fashion as art, rather than fashion as sexuality.

And to the person who said that there were not enough "plus size" clothes from designers to use for the shoot: gimme a break. So they found designer lingerie to fill in? That is a ridiculous excuse.

I love this blog--I love to see people and how they use their clothes to communicate who they are as individuals. But show me one person who has looked at the above photos and thought, "Wow, that girl has a beautiful eyes. I wonder what she's thinking about? I wonder what her favorite book is? I wonder how she feels about (fill in the blank)."

Please don't forget in our quest to find beauty and art in fashion, that these are real people we are looking at. Human beings. NOT 2_D objects.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:34 AM) : 

It reminds me of the 1960's with the ratted hair and the playboy poses. Back then, women fought to be taken seriously, and here we are full circle - back in our underwear, only this time with full crotch shots. It is not whether they are thin or curvy. It is the sexual objectification of the women.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:44 AM) : 

I don't like it all, its looks like a pic from Playboy. Its like a really old men's fantasy : Boobs and ass= sex and nakedness, big hair, big lips etc. Why can't a curvy woman be natural? Why does they have to be half naked?
I am a curvy woman myself, but I like to tone it down a bit, I would never ver wear my hair big like that, I would like like a hooker or trashy. I would never wear heels with a tight skirt ( it looks good on sophia loren or on D&G models, not in real life.
I like contradiction more. Big boobs with short hair and flat shoes, that is sexy. Not typical playboy style. Thanks!

 

Blogger Victoria Nicholson said ... (2:21 AM) : 

Yes it is nice to see voluptuous women in magazines but in most of the photos they are topless or in underwear. Beautifully shot but rather laking in clothes.

I would be more impressed if designers became more skilled at tailoring so that these women had some high fashion clothes to put on their bodies. It is one thing to create a garment that hangs nicely on what is essentially a frame and another to tailor clothes that will work with a rounded body.

 

Blogger Swan said ... (2:39 AM) : 

I love it and I'll go buy it now.

 

Anonymous Layla.K said ... (2:43 AM) : 

It's odd that there is a separate Vogue Curvy and Vogue Black. Why can't the editors incorporate both types of women into the main Vogue Italia?

Also, you used the word "respectful"! A woman lying on the ground topless (in the rest of the photo shoot online) isn't exactley respectful. These images are as bad for women as the usual photo shoot with underweight or underage girls.

This is the reason why I prefer to read your blog than a women's magazine any day. The photos in your blog are inspiring, not degrading.

 

Blogger WAITINGFOR said ... (3:12 AM) : 

Very nice and...very woman!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 AM) : 

I don't understand why there should be such a big gap between skinny models and the fuller models in these pages. To me, these models don't represent the girl next door either! Where are the models in between (which, to me, would represent the body of an average woman)?

 

Anonymous Elosyia said ... (4:11 AM) : 

I love these models. They are so sexy and their curves are so beautiful. It would be so great to have more women like them with these crazy curves on the top of magazines.

 

Anonymous Conni, Denmark said ... (4:23 AM) : 

It is SO great to see the use of women with curves, instead of those anorectic ones we're used to; I luuuv it ;-)

 

Blogger Anna Bakurova said ... (4:39 AM) : 

The women are undeniably beautiful. The photo session looks like a perfectly executed advertisement of escort service. For me, the first thing to jump into eyes is the attitude and not the curves. And the setting: The hotel room. How new is that? Well polished babes are waiting for papa to come and be amused... Curves can be celebrated in many other - more dynamic - ways, I think.

 

Blogger Giulia said ... (4:42 AM) : 

I love those shoots!
xoxo
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Anonymous Habiba Younis said ... (5:15 AM) : 

the images just left me memorized!

 

Blogger Cy said ... (5:19 AM) : 

Beautiful faces, nice black and white shots. I don't think that people should be overanalyzing the open crotch pose. I really don't see the problem. The only thing that is bothersome is that we give too much importance to the pudgy/curvy look, when in reality it is more a health issue. I am sorry, but pudgy is not healthy, just as overly skinny in not either.

 

Anonymous margaretbeth said ... (5:25 AM) : 

Love!! Women shouldn't starve - if life is worth living, it's worth enjoying. A sexy woman will enjoy sensual pleasures - food, sex, adornment... You're dead a long time...

 

Anonymous Elitsa said ... (5:26 AM) : 

Oh these women are absolutely phenomenally beautiful. REAL beauties.
I think this kind of beauty will transcend all ages and fashion brands and will always be sexy and appealing to men.

 

Anonymous Elitsa said ... (5:29 AM) : 

Sorry, just one more comment.
Haven't you noticed men's reaction to such women in real life? At an event for example: when a woman so beautiful, voluptous and confident enters even the most intimidatingly luxurious room filled with powerful and truly experienced men, they are all drawn to her like a moths to a flame. A woman like this you can neither simply pass by nor ever forget. She can dress any way she wants, but it is her undeniable charm and her eternally classic features, just as the fact that there is so much of all of this beauty, that make her totally irresistible.

 

Blogger Heidi said ... (5:39 AM) : 

Al, do you mean that curvy women cannot wear fashion or be beautiful? A few decades ago women like these WERE the idèal! I think it is uplifting that the industry changes the attitude on sizes, although I think there is still a long way to go. There are so many different ways to be beautiful, which I think street bloggers do a good job showing us!

 

Anonymous Maria said ... (5:45 AM) : 

I like it, I really really like it! I am always happy when I see beauty, sexy women portraited in a respectfull and elegant way.

 

Anonymous John Gall said ... (6:17 AM) : 

I hate to spoil the party but I really find this type of photography outdated and reactionary, pandering to absurd male notions of the passive, pouting, always sexually available woman. Italy is a wonderful country on many levels but the reason so many bright young woman move away is because of the way women are conditioned to look and behave over there. Images like this reflect that mind-set and I find it shameful and depressing that representations of femininity are so frozen in the discredited values of another era.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:18 AM) : 

I just don't think we need more of the cliched crotch shots. And for that reason, no, it's not respectful of the models or or the audience.

 

Blogger sunshine and daydreams said ... (6:40 AM) : 

I'm going out to buy it tomorrow. Although I am a skinny blonde myself, all sizes and nationalities should be represented in our fashion magazines.

 

Blogger Stella said ... (6:49 AM) : 

Wowee! Love how powerful the models look despite their lack of clothing. They have proper boobs!

 

Blogger Kaleidoscope Girl said ... (7:02 AM) : 

Beautiful and inspiring!

 

Blogger ZHENYA ZHURAVLYOVA said ... (7:21 AM) : 

VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:26 AM) : 

These women are all incredibly beautiful and these photos are both sexy and encouraging! Thank you for sharing this. I have to go buy my issue today!

 

Blogger Shagun said ... (7:31 AM) : 

Its beautiful, sexy and worth being cherished as a forever keep.

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Blogger J.Ro said ... (7:33 AM) : 

This might be the first time VOGUE has turned a gay boy straight.

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Anonymous Fanny Nordmark said ... (7:41 AM) : 

This is so beautiful and inspiring. Really beautiful women, and I love the retro-touch.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:47 AM) : 

Babydoll style of the 50ies... The women are exchangable, no characters (in this photo)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 AM) : 

Hummm---Sorry. I don't buy it. A full frontal shot of a woman with her legs open (don't "ladies" cross their legs?)negates your argument, in my mind. The heaving cleavage, while attractive, is also provocative. I would argue that all editorial work (including this story) IS by definition publicity seeking and showing 3 fairly interchangeable models does not show a heck of a lot of respect for the models.
That said, the shot is lovely and well executed, and I would leave it at that....
--haapi

 

Anonymous IS THIS IT? models review said ... (8:40 AM) : 

Hoenstly, I'm not mad about this issue... for 1000 reasons in fact. But yep, sure, the concept wanted to draw attention, and it did it pretty well...

http://www.isthisitmodelsreview.com/

 

Blogger Alkyoni Pap. said ... (8:46 AM) : 

I didnot read every comment but I read some and I can see that this matter is rather controversial.
I'd like to think of my self as an artist even though I'm only 17 and so far I've been making some simple jewellery and have been drawing. So, from an arist's point of view, I believe that art has to do with beauty. But I see beauty in almost everything, because I choose to. There are skinny women which I find very beautiful but there are curvy women who are equally beautiful. I donot see why fashion has to be about the idealistic (only) and not beauty in every shape it takes.
And let's not forget that what for us is ideal, in another country it might not be. Though the western world, at the moment, has being skinny as the ideal - it after all what is shown the most - there are countries in Africa, Latin America, etc, where having curves, or even having a lot of extra weight, is thought as good. And so was in Europe many years ago (as a sign of prosperity).
I do not understand why labels such as curvy or skinny, or any other kind of labels, should be put on fashion and art in general. There are no limits in art. The artist takes the "raw material", shall we say, and enhances the beauty that he/she sees in it.
As for some saying that Franca Sozzani is a hypocrite, I cannot really tell, since I donot know her personally. But I myself enjoyed this photoshoot very much and I congratulate her for doing.
That is all.
Alkyoni Pap.

 

Blogger roeboy said ... (9:06 AM) : 

Its almost a joke this being presented as a departure for fashion, a radical move away from waifs, instead of which we get 'curvy' women in their underwear presented for the male gaze like pornography.

Its beautiful yes, sexy yes but modern and ground breaking, who are you trying to kid.

Regards

Stephen

 

Blogger Swanny said ... (9:09 AM) : 

The thing I found most disturbing with these images is the lady with her legs spread apart on the front cover..regardless of how beautiful you are or if you are a size 0 or 16, its just not a classy look….
That aside, these images are beautifully shot and styled. It would not have mattered if the models were a size 16 or 0. The impact is still sexy and raw...

 

Blogger cirsp said ... (9:59 AM) : 

Oh my gosh I love this cover. I had to send it to my husband. Real beauty!

 

Blogger regina said ... (10:11 AM) : 

I'd prefer to see these real-sized (not plus sized in today's world) women in actual fashion. Why are real-sized women always photographed in their underwear? or in some backhanded "rubenesque" pose? These are beautiful, real women who would actually be a market for clothes -- not just freakin' underwear.

 

Blogger Miss Top Ten Image said ... (10:14 AM) : 

I simply love it Scott! In fact I’ve already posted it about this cover on my blog (http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com/2011/06/franca-sozzani-loves-curvy-women.html) and I agree with you that Franka is a visionary!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:19 AM) : 

As an Asian, I am looking at this through a different lens. These ladies look decidedly trashy and pander to the fetishes of men who like a whole lot more meat on their women.

Do normal respectable women wait around in various stages of undress in rooms that their pimps might have arranged for them?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM) : 

Yes, lovely, curvy women, etc.

I'm not sure, though, what their nipples have to do with fashion as one buys it in the stores. Or, what is real about wearing one's underwear to a cafe.

I guess I'm really not just that bored with life. Or, immersed in "fashion". Or, well, juvenile.

 

Blogger Christina Simon said ... (10:40 AM) : 

I think this is the first time I have to disagree with you. There is nothing respectful about photographing a woman sitting with her legs wide open (Cover).
Other than that, the women are beautifully styled indeed. Makes me think of Sophia Loren.

 

Blogger Auricularis said ... (10:44 AM) : 

What's so good about this? It's just softcore porn

 

Blogger aga said ... (10:48 AM) : 

I am waiting for my subsription! :) Unfortunately I have to wait a long time to get my Vogue Italia to Poland ;)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

Good to see real women for change!

 

Blogger Marita Siddal said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Most of this shoot is a DISASTER. It objectifies curvy women to an extent that does not make sense in the context of Vogue. It is especially degrading in its capacity as a photo shoot that is meant to highlight "real" women's bodies. It implies that the typical waif has value for high fashion while the curvy woman is a sex object. If Italian Vogue wanted to make a statement, they could have gone to other extremes for fashion. They could have shot these women proudly accentuating their features with bold styles, or emphasized their softness and grace with subtle and ethereal textures - instead of mostly presenting these women nearly stark naked. High-end lingerie ads from lines like Cosabella are a much better example of good editing.

The only photo here that accomplishes anything commendable is the one of the woman in pale lace at her desk. She is poised, thoughtful, and presenting sexuality in a classy manner.

 

Anonymous Liz said ... (11:20 AM) : 

We should not normalise figures outside the healthy range, whether below or above; obesity is by far the greater danger in the developed world both in health & resource terms. From a fashion point of view tall & slender will tend to show the clothes better (though scrawny is worrying)and fashion is dreams embodied not just reality recorded. These pictures are too close to soft porn for my liking, which is a shame for such lovely women.

 

Blogger Scorpion Disco said ... (11:23 AM) : 

I literally did not even notice these girls werent typical (grossly) thin model size until I looked at all the pictures a few times...wow.

that said, can you PLEASE do us all a favor and explain why you think this is respectful? I'm not saying that it is DISrespectful, but what made you feel the need to call it respectful? Can you please get back to us on this, it seems a lot of people were confused by your word choice.

Thanks, a still waiting for a Boston visit....

Cheers,
Renata

scorpiondisco.com

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 AM) : 

These are beautiful images but there is nothing revolutionary about them, unless they were intended out of irony (which I doubt).

The same goes for Vogue Black - Why the need still for distinction? What about diversity? There are a lot more cultures and body shapes in the world reading Vogue than just 'Black' and 'White' - a truly contemporary attitude would embrace this, not further emphasize the differences.

 

Blogger l. e. yar said ... (11:34 AM) : 

I absolutely adore the real-size women in this photo shoot! It took me a moment to realize, actually...but the effect is incredibly sexy.

 

Blogger Sarah The Bruce said ... (11:37 AM) : 

no. "let me show you my cleavage; let me show you my crotch" outdated and puerile

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 AM) : 

Terrific, now if we could only see some curvy women on your sight!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 AM) : 

These women are beautiful. However, I don't think it's really challenging any notions at all. Even though they are "curvy" they are still tall and in proportion, with perfect skin, beautiful hair and gorgeous faces - all physical attributes lauded by the fashion world. When I read fashion magazines, part of me loves them because they offer me an escape, but part of me feels bad because I know I will never be as beautiful as a model. Looking at these women I still feel the same way. I don't really know what the answer is.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:56 AM) : 

separate but equal! bad

 

Blogger anthony said ... (12:21 PM) : 

I think it's a shallow play on Playboy but it's nice that everyone has differing views on this and on femaleness.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 PM) : 

These women and these photos are beautiful, but this ridiculous obsession with "curvy women" has been taken too far.
If photo shoots like these aim to break conventions and challenge us, then why am I still looking at a "beautiful woman". Why don't we stretch a bit further perhaps. Personally I would find it more "refreshing" to see a woman in a wheelchair depicted in this way.

The fashion industry is the way it is for a reason. If as women we could actually grow to genuinely accept diverse standards of beauty then maybe things would be different. But in the meantime I will enjoy looking at waifs wearing beautiful clothes, and not try to identify some illusive "statement" being made.

 

Anonymous carole said ... (12:31 PM) : 

Not always a fan of nudity in fashion magazines...however...these photos are really beautiful and amazing!

 

Anonymous martin said ... (12:33 PM) : 

I like it all. Especially the cover, especially the woman on the right who is, for a moment, aggressively "not" posed. Without her playful and daring challenge, there would not be such a drama of contrasts in this photo. People who call out this kind of minor transgression--which, by the way, is perfectly placed here--as not classy or in bad taste disappoint me.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Smart readership you have Scott, that's for sure. I agree with all the criticism expressed here. This is a male retro/retarded fantasy of gratis and abundant female sexual availability. Completely objectified women who look all exactly the same. It reminds me of the work of Helmut Newton - supposedly 'ground breaking' too at the time. I've just seen the new exhibit of his work in Houston. It's just an incredibly boring documentation of cliché male sexual fantasies: interchangeable women in abundance, who are cheap but look expensive, at your service in ritzy hotels, in various states of undress and 'ready' poses. Agree with the economist: the more women achieve independence, the more they're reduced - via our media - to cheap hookers. And all these eager female fashion editors, trying to beat the men at their game. It's a joke! (Ariel Levy wrote a smart analysis of this phenomenon: Female Chauvinist Pigs: women and the rise of raunch culture). Amazed that you, having seen the entire spread, find this respectful. I can't think of what, except your own fantasies! Fashion it ain't.

 

Blogger fontenoy said ... (12:41 PM) : 

I buy Vogue (any Vogue) to see great clothes, not tits. Not even great tits like these. I'd rather see these women dressed. Now that would have been interesting. Still, I'm sure Berlusconi will be pleased.

 

Blogger Christiane said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Those women are GORGEOUS!!! I realize now that while I don't necessarily want to be skinny, I would like to be curvy! Curvy, skinny or chubby is hot. But since I barely have a defined waist I have to keep my weight under control. Ugh! Hips don't lie and those women have them galore!!! Beautiful!

 

Blogger indigo warrior said ... (1:04 PM) : 

I don't think these are plus-sized women. I think these are average-sized women. I doubt one of them wears larger than a US size 12. For fashion, this might be a revolution. For the rest of us? Why are they hanging out in their underwear?

 

Blogger songbird said ... (2:00 PM) : 

i am a fat girl who loves and understands fashion.i am also an amateur photographer with friends doing several creative courses..i loved this spread..i was amazed to see a few comments regarding how models should be thin..i don't preach for obesity struck girls who love to eat,ther should be a healthy limit..a plump girl has no less right to be a high fashion model than her skinny peer(some girls are naturally skinny!!)..
weight should not be an issue like this.i look at this spread as progress..and from now on fashion mags should start catering to the entire female population.healthy is the way to go not "obsessed with my weight"
a fatshionista in love with fashion


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 PM) : 

I wonder how she can do it without bringing the sexy theme into the pictures. I just feel like women are always asked to be sexy regardless of height and weight. I would love to see her bringing it to another level.

 

Blogger Orphea said ... (2:19 PM) : 

THANK YOU Scott for sharing! This is beautiful.

I am very thin and I LOVE "curvy" women, especially as nude drawing-models. Maybe art cherishes the curvy woman more than fashion.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:38 PM) : 

What a joke. There is no doubt that some of these pics of incredibly beautiful women are sexy- but visionary??!!! Spare me. All that's needed is berlusconi jiggling into view- looks like one of his "bunga bunga" parties. Nothing 'real' about these looks either, it's high maintenance, air-brushed, one dimensional sex on a plate. whoopee.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:46 PM) : 

Thank you for bringing attention to this wonderful Vogue issue! Hopefully the images of these women will encourage people not to be so myopic with beauty. It comes in many glorious forms!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:51 PM) : 

I don't understand all the pc comments. Why aren't we allowed to enjoy seeing amazing looking thin people showing clothes off to their best advantage? Do you really want fashion magazines to show "average" and "normal", how dreary. I don't buy VI to see fatties.

 

Blogger Cöcö said ... (2:56 PM) : 

I like it - so sensual. But I do hope in the future we would see more normal weight models used in basic fashion shoots. I think now fashion folk still find it hard to style normal weight models in edgy and fashion forward looks. But on the streets I see so many normal and curvier qirls wearing really cool stylish looks, I think fashion editors could take cue from them.

 

Blogger Geertje Algera said ... (2:59 PM) : 

Women unite! Let's all spread like eagles tomorrow. Freedom, liberté, freiheit!

 

Blogger lollipop4598 said ... (3:07 PM) : 

Its a lovely work of photography. I completely agree its tasteful, respectful, but very erotic. The women are certainly not the usual stick thin model types. But they are lovely.
To the poster above; I agree.
I definitely do not want to see average looking women on the front cover of Vogue. No more then I would pay to hear my sister with her average voice in concert. People need to realize that beauty, like any of natures gifts is just that. No one is looking for a person with average ability to operate on their heart are they? NO. No one is looking for a person with an average voice to sing for them? NO. No one is looking for a person with average speed and strength to play basketball for them? NO. THEN WHY LOOK FOR A TYPICAL LOOKING PERSON TO POSE? Its insane. Its totally wrong to compare yourself to others, then decide that if they have more, they should be hidden. I LOVE seeing lovely women, and I am myself a straight woman. Beauty is just another God given talent. Its no different then enjoying a talented musician. Both things can not be learned, they just are gifted. Scince when is mediocrity anything to celebrate. We all have different gifts, let us all appreciate them in each other and ourselves.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:11 PM) : 

How is this shoot "respectful" to the models, and not a "publicity stunt"? I don't find it respectful at all.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:18 PM) : 

Dear Sarth
Today over and over I came back and checked on your post and loved it .Said to myself wow…. as a curvy woman you can have a life ,a beautiful life ,the thing that I never had in my whole 40 years life. When someone like you put those images on his site it means too much ,believe me and thank you

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:25 PM) : 

This issue is just as offensive as Say Yes To The Dress: Big Bliss. To give plus size women their own category of magazine or show is to suggest that they are inherently unequal and need a separate forum to showcase their beauty. In reality, beautiful women are beautiful women. There should be a variety of ages, weights and races in every issue. Separate but equal is not progress!

 

Blogger Designs Good said ... (3:26 PM) : 

The photos are gorgeous.
Franca is such an inspiring woman.

 

Blogger M. Fernanda said ... (3:43 PM) : 

Just awesome!!!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:45 PM) : 

"west said...

I kept looking at this photo wondering what made it so special. It's just typical male fantasy. Then I realized that it's so "amazing" because the models are supposedly "fat". How depressing."


Ditto!

 

Anonymous Steve said ... (3:53 PM) : 

You’re not going to shame me. The comments here confirm my suspicion that the fashion industry promotes androgynous women to marginalize heterosexual men. I’m only half joking. Sometimes it seems these folks don’t want my money. Like they would rather I spend it on replica sports jerseys.

Don’t get me wrong. I would also be disappointed if everything went all porn-tastic on us. The Sartorialist strikes a good balance. Here, we get the young models. But we also see old-man style, cute little children, & babes aging gracefully. The whole human experience can be inspiring.

I can’t believe some of these comments. Call me old fashioned, but whatever happened to the emphasis clothing? When did magazines become about promoting the bizarre heroin chic fantasy? Why did that even become a fantasy? Ick.

“In reality, beautiful women are beautiful women.”

Bingo!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:20 PM) : 

of course, "plus sized" models in underwear. What a breakthrough.
And seriously, putting "plus size" girls in sexy underwear is probably the most un-creative move possible. They did the same thing with Christina Hendriks a while ago.
Its as if fashion editors don't know how to dress these women in actual clothes and still make them look sexy (or, they don't think they can look sexy in anything other than cliche underwear).
So no, its not creative at all. Its just another very skinny creative team being completely dumbfounded by women who are not a size 0.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:22 PM) : 

I like these photos. I think it's strange that the only models who make it in fashion are very skinny. But these women, they are kind of chubby which makes me wonder why is it either very skinny or plus size models. in other words it's either size 0 or size 12-14? What about in between like size 4 or 6? Women who are neither too skinny (like the usual models) or chubby (like the ones on the cover.)

 

Anonymous Lola said ... (4:49 PM) : 

The cover and photos evoke an earlier period...of Sophia Loren, Gina Lolabrigida, Briget Bardot.
So very retro, timeless, and an homage to the truly voluptuous woman...not the size zero model!

 

Blogger erngrn said ... (4:52 PM) : 

I shot 2 of the 3 girls in this editorial a week after they shot this editorial and they were beaming with excitement about it.

As a makeup artist, I have to say - they were some of the most beautiful women I have ever worked on. I could barely keep my eyes off them all day and not just because I had to be watching them.

Confidence goes a long way and Marquita & Christina have more confidence than almost all of the other women I've worked with in this industry.

Kudos.

 

Blogger Mercedes said ... (5:12 PM) : 

wauw! love these women! I my self am quite curvy also and of course I like curvy women. I think they are the real women, the real`mamma´s´ the real women who you can grap and feel something. And just look at these pictures, don´t you think they have great power? Don´t you think they look georgeos?

 

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