I know it’s not their most dashing cover ever but behind it all is an important message that compelled me to blog about it. Vogue Italia’s Fashion Editor Franca Sozzani goes outside the norm and puts three plus-size models on their June 2011 cover in an attempt to fight against anorexia websites and blogs. She started a ‘curvy’ section on the vogue.it website after becoming a handler for fuller figured women.
Franca commented on the move by saying, “fashion has been always blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia and our commitment is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder” she continued “why should these women slim down? Many of the women who have a few extra kilos are especially beautiful and also more feminine” The models Candice Huffine, Robyn Lawley and Tara Lynn are in black sexy lingeries styled by Edward Enninful and the cover was shot by renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
Take a peek at this video of Candice Huffine discussing the June cover and what it means for the image of plus-size women in general. I was so happy when I saw this cover, not only because it is empowering, but also for playing a part in breaking down some of the stereotypes of the fashion industry.
The message behind this Vogue Italia cover – Enjoy yourself, be healthy and celebrate your body types! For me, it’s not just for plus-size women, it’s for every woman at any age!