Why The 2015 August Issue Of ‘Teen Vogue’ Is Problematic
There is always a lot of pomp and circumstance when black models make the cover of mainstream publications. In a strange way it’s confirmation that people of color are acknowledged in fashion, pop culture, etc. So Teen Vogue having three black models –Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero and Imaan Hammam— on their August 2015 cover naturally brings them a lot of positive attention.
As Fashionista notes, “In an industry that notoriously favors white models, it’s remarkable that not one of these young women is, in fact, white.”
What we find interesting is that the Conde Nast magazine is being lauded for featuring models of color and not just being on top of their game. Jones who hails from Paris has walked in almost 50 shows including Prada, Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Dior. Montero recently walked in the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 show in Palm Springs in addition to doing a editorial spread in Vogue Paris. And Hammam, the beauty from the Netherlands who’s Egyptian and Moroccan, has been in countless runway shows and was named an ‘Instagirl’ last September by Vogue— she’s basically as recognizable as Cara Delevingne in the industry.
Clearly, they’re worth the attention, regardless of their melanin levels.
Yes, were happy for the beauties. And covers like these continue to affirm girls all over their their beauty is real and their dreams –as Lupita Nyong’o poignantly said– are valid.
Read more about this problematic Teen Vogue cover at StyleBlazer.com