Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief calls the Black Issue her proudest career accomplishment. Ummmm…seriously? If the entire issue didn’t make me uncomfortable, then the fashion editorial Haute Mess, shot by Steven Meisel, is making me sweat profusely. The group of models are adorned in over-the-top hairdos, nails and makeup and photographed in fast food restaurants and grocery stores. One even bears a faux baby bump. Stereotyping much.
“I will give Vogue Italia the benefit of the doubt that it was not their intention to be racist or offend anyone, but let’s keep it real for a minute: How many white girls [or any other ethnic backgrounds for that matter] do you know that dress or look like this? Exactly. Racist may be a little harsh of a word to describe this editorial , but it was definitely done in poor taste and judgement. Fashion is about being creative, pushing boundaries, and being expressive. Steven Meisel and Vogue Italia failed miserably at achieving these goals.“
What do you think?