When Vogue (finally) embraced diversity

Magazines all over the world are now filled with more diversity and size inclusivity for all to enjoy. Fashion’s most iconic magazine, Vogue Paris, has rebranded itself to Vogue France, joining this new trend. 

By Anastasia Khanyan – 10th grade.

The standard of French fashion was once only shown on thin, white, tall, French women, but that is no longer the case. Vogue France’s most recent cover features French singer Aya Nakamura on the cover; more issues similar to this one are planned on being released. In the past there have been black supermodels like Naomi Campbell, in high fashion, but not on a vast scale. Fortunately, the fashion scene appears to be more diverse than ever before.  

Having the rigid beauty standard change and become more inclusive sets a positive tone for the new generation, especially young girls. The first step toward a less demanding and intellectually taxing notion of beauty is to see someone that they relate to. Teenagers and adults alike have faced the effect of consuming the flawless picture that the media presents them with over the years. Eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and negative self-perception are just a few examples. Seeing a certain sort of person glamorized and regarded as the norm renders one self-conscious of their own appearance and accentuates their desire to fit in. This is most evident in Vogue, the most recognized fashion magazine in the world; whatever is displayed in its stories has an impact not only on the media but also on the general public. 

Vogue is one of the most successful and historically rich fashion magazines, with its first issue coming out in 1892, and having over 1.1 million subscribers worldwide. Professor at OTIS, a prominent fashion school in Los Angeles, Evelina Poghosyan, comments on the rebranding of Vogue from Paris to France, “it switches Paris from being a Meca of fashion to it being one of many cities that are part of the fashion community”. She describes Vogue magazine, as “the biggest force in fashion for many years, [so] the shift is representative for what is happening in the industry at the moment”. 

France, specifically Paris, has been known as the creator of “timeless” fashion. Anything done there is instantly taken in and respected by the rest of the community around the world. Changing any part, no matter how small or seemingly unnoticeable feature of this magazine, creates a ripple of reaction around the world of fashion. Everything is carefully examined and taken into consideration. Doing so further reinforces the concepts that they are trying to express at Vogue. Furthermore solidifies the passing of the old and the coming of the new. 

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