Vogue Italia: Hot Mess

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.

Vibe wrote:

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?


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17 thoughts on “Vogue Italia: Hot Mess

  1. wmbg says:

    *shaking head in disbelief*
    i mean. really?

  2. elizabeth says:

    When you called it the Black Issue, I thought that must mean something else, like Boss Black, or Vera Wang Purple Label, but when I saw the “ghetto style” editorial I was really shocked. I am from the South and we have a hard enough time as it is getting past stereotypes and easing race relations without dumb shiz like this. The fact is that there are black people who dress like that and pregnant white girls working at Burger King, but I’m sure Italy wouldn’t appreciate an editorial making fun of Italian stereotypes.
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  3. kristina says:

    yeah, it’s a little scary i will say…

  4. It takes a LOT to offend me, I just don’t find it to be very fashion forward. It’s dated and tacky. Ick.

  5. There’s a model changing a baby on a changing table… Oh and boy… they went there… “assets” on the bum.

  6. judithatwood says:

    AAAGGGHHHH! That’s awful, doesn’t even look like a really bad fashion editorial — it looks like a bunch of teenagers got together and did as many outrageous shots as they could create! A No vote from me, for sure!

  7. Omg and they called it The Black Issue? Seriously? Or maybe we Americans are too sensitive. Hmmm, fine line between edgy and offensive.

  8. designstiles says:

    Yikerz. I had no clue about this “editorial”. Wonder if the models felt any sort of discomfort posing this way?

  9. Kaitlyn says:

    At least I know I look better than these chicks when I’m hungover craving McDonalds!

  10. Uhhh Yikes! I agree with the comments above, it looks more comicky then editorial. no taste at all.

  11. Molliee says:

    ya… major yikes. The whole thing looks wrong

  12. Neda says:

    I agree with DeuxChicago…how does this get approved when there were multiple “filters” along the line?? Makes you wonder what the thought process was to come up with this. It’s shocking and irresponsible, at the very least.

  13. Oh boy….I’m extremely uncomfortable! Totally don’t even love the idea of a black issue. Yikes!

  14. Yanira Garza says:

    Meant to say three! sorry…

  15. Yanira Garza says:

    Wait this was an editorial? I thought is was a comic strip! Seriously, they are missing the there Ts…talent, taste and tact.

  16. Vanessa says:

    The first Black Issue was beautiful. I still have it in my collection. But in my opinion, her proudest career achievement shouldn’t be these special issues… It should be incorporating all races into the regular Vogue Italia.

    The fact that they have a separate issue for black models and another for larger sized models (Vogue Italia Curvy) really shows that they’re missing the point.

    Separate but equal is so 1954.

  17. deuxchicago says:

    Umm… yikes. Even the tacky “Haute Mess” logo makes me uncomfy. How does shit like this get approved by multiple people?! Its like that Linsanity thing where the blasted the headline, “A Chink in the Armor”. Seriously? You ALL thought this was okay? Sooo crazy. -Laura

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