Gorgeous gals with over the top hair and makeup sounds like a great idea in theory, but in VOGUE Italia’s execution, it failed horribly. Cover Girl Joan Smalls, and glam girls Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld, Guinevere van Seenus and Coco Rocha, were barely recognizable in the March issue of VOGUE Italia thanks to super makeup artist Pat McGrath. Pat’s talent to transform is undisputeable, but in this “ghetto fabulous/trashy” spread, it makes you think, is VOGUE Italia being racist?
The magazine has had its fair share of scrutiny (remember, last year’s “slave earrings“), which clearly proves they love pushing boundaries, but with this editorial, they may have pushed too damn far.
Many are raising an eyebrow at the photos because the women seem to be projecting some urban stereotypes. For example, the hair styles on the models are most likely to be spotted at a black hair show—we 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. Check out the full spread below and when you’re done, we definitely want to hear from you.