Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Real Women Have Curves"?????

Is this Anna Wintour's delusional attempt to "reach out" to "wider" audiences? Each year around Spring time, the fashion rags demagogically attempt to talk to "all" women by luring us to buy magazines that promise us to dress to flatter our shapes during the warmer months, requiring as they do less clothing and even (gasp) bathing suits. VOGUE's foray into this genre has been called racist by several bloggers, and I would agree. I was told that Beyonce was lightened with Photo Shop by several shades, she does look lighter skinned to my naked eye, and also thinner, and blonder. Then there are the perverse mixed signals: "Real Women Have Curves" etc. and then the "Nip/Tuck" header, on the top left, and the empty promise of "fashion for every figure" 0-20. I will say that it's the first time I have seen "size" and "20" on the cover of VOGUE. Because Lord knows that the only queen of size that's ever been in that magazine is Andree Leon Talley. [Sidebar: the delicious moment in "Valentino: The Last Emperor" when Valentino gives Andree two HIDEOUS caftans that are Mrs. Roper meets Poiret meets Zarin Fabrics is priceless.]