Fans slam the issue featuring nine black women, calling it “one of the worst Vogue covers EVER.”
The cover of British Vogue’s February issue, which features nine black models, has been dubbed “offensive” on social media, with critics claiming that poor lighting and styling obscured the women’s features and darkened their skin.
The cover was shot by Brazilian photographer Rafael Pavarotti and styled by British Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful OBE and features models Adut Akech, Amar Akway, Majesty Amare, Akon Changkou, Maty Fall, Janet Jumbo, Abény Nhial, Nyagua Ruea, and Anok Yai.
It’s the first time a group of black women of this size has graced the cover of Vogue, which is celebrating the rise of African models who are’redrawing the map.’
The images, however, have sparked outrage online, with dozens of fans claiming that the ‘badly lit’ image darkened the models’ skin tones to the point where they were unrecognizable and looked like’mannequins.’
‘British Vogue? So…they gathered all of these beautiful women and decided not to use proper lighting?’ wrote one critic.
‘It’s impossible to tell who’s who! And the wigs? Those women have fascinating dark skins, so why DARKEN them in that way?’
By ‘fetishizing’ the models and making them look like’mannequins’ with identical skin tones, a fellow critic accused the Brazilian photographer of catering to the white gaze.
‘Edward Enninful was terrible for that Vogue cover,’ said another.
Everything was anti-black, including the lighting, wigs, and outfits.
‘I don’t give a damn, I don’t give a damn.’
@BritishVogue, shaking my head, ‘You took the most beautiful women on the planet and made sure we couldn’t see them on a visibility issue?’
‘Look I am a fan of British Vogue since Mr Enninful became EIC but I’m honestly not sure why this cover is not well-lit and why the models are made to be mannequin-esque and we lose their features and beauty,’ wrote a fifth, while another added, ‘Look I am a fan of British Vogue since Mr Enninful became EIC but I’m honestly not sure why this cover is not well-lit and why the models are made to be
‘Why are they blending in with the garments? Why aren’t they well lit and in a color that complements their features?’ one observer wondered.
‘Everything blends in,’ wrote another. ‘The hair is the same color as the skin.’
However, I believe this is the look they go for when photographing black people.
‘This isn’t the first time they’ve given me this look.’
Others expressed their dissatisfaction with the shoot’s styling, with one writing: ‘TBH I personally would have liked to see more color here with the makeupwardrobe – we all know…’
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