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“Nobody Really Wants To See A Real Person On The Cover Of Vogue,” Says UK Vogue Editor — But I Call Bullshit

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The editor of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, gave an interview this weekend and revealed very candidly how people who create fashion magazines like Vogue think. In an interview on BBC Radio 2, Shulman — who has been editor of UK Vogue since 1992 — spoke about what makes for a successful magazine cover. Here she is quoted by the UK’s Telegraph:

“If I knew exactly what sold it would be like having the secret of the universe, but I’d say broadly speaking, if you’re going to talk about a model or a personality, it’s kind of a quite middle view of what beauty is. Quite conventional, probably smiling, in a pretty dress; somebody looking very ‘lovely’. The most perfect girl next door.” … People always say ‘why do you have thin models? That’s not what real people look like’ But nobody really wants to see a real person looking like a real person on the cover of Vogue. I think Vogue is a magazine that’s about fantasy to some extent and dreams, and an escape from real life. People don’t want to buy a magazine like Vogue to see what they see when they look in the mirror. They can do that for free.” Keep reading »

British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman Doesn’t See A Problem With Catering To White Consumers

“There have always been black players on the scene — at the moment look at the stylist Edward Enninful, make-up artist Pat McGrath and [models] Jourdan Dunn, Liya Kebede and Joan Smalls, who are at the top of the tree … In a society where the mass of the consumers are white and where, on the whole, mainstream ideas sell, it’s unlikely there will be a huge rise in the number of leading black models. If you look at the characters that sell magazines such as [British mags] Grazia and Heat, it is Jennifer Aniston, Cheryl Cole and Catherine Middleton.”

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who says she doesn’t believe there’s any institutional racism in fashion. Well, let’s just say it takes some institutional racism to know some institutional racism. Well, as long as white consumers are happy. (Sarcasm.) [NY Mag] Keep reading »

British Vogue Editor Puts In Her Two Cents On The Size Zero Debate

Yet another person is weighing in (sorry, I couldn’t resist) on the so-called “size zero debate,” and those of you who are tired of looking at girls who can count their vertebrae in magazines will love this. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman sent an angry letter yesterday to a bunch of leading designers and fashion houses telling them that the clothes they were sending her magazine were just too freakin’ small. Only anorexic gals can fit into these teeny tiny garments, she says. And she went on to confess that her team often has to retouch photos just to make the girls look slightly less skeletal. [Metro UK] Keep reading »

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