Submitted by Volunteer Emma Wallett
Vogue has and always will be the fashion bible, known for representing the most fashion forward, cutting edge trends and ideas of the fashion world. Ann Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has been accredited with being the first to put celebrities on the cover as opposed to models, a trend that has swept through the fashion industry.
In general, the tendency to portray actresses on the cover of magazines has opened the door to celebrating body shapes other than just the typical size 2 model, which is a huge step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, the fashion industry has not changed enough to flaunt women’s curves on the covers quite yet.
Controversy over Lena Dunham’s February 2014 Vogue cover has been stirred, as we become more and more aware of Vogues habit of hiding celebrities curvier bodied in strategically planed shots that focus more on the stars face rather than the usual fashion aspect of Vogue photo-shoots.
This is not the first time that applause over choosing a full figured woman for the cover has been dulled by the headshot cover. British singing sensation Adele graced the cover of Vogue in March of 2012, featuring a heavily photoshoped image of her from the chest up, much to everyone’s disappointment.
Every time a magazine announces their new cover girl is a relatable, curvy woman, excitement and expectations run high only to spark outrage when we’re let down. It’s time to learn from these past mistakes and fully embrace every size body for the beauty that it holds. Hopefully we’re on the right track, just not quite there yet.