Posts Tagged ‘Vogue’

The Art of Fashion Fakery: Vogue Creates Educational Film About the Fashion Industry

September 15th, 2013 10:00 am

British Vogue has produced a short film entitled It’s A Look aimed at teaching school children about all the work that goes into creating the fantasies they see in the pages of fashion magazines.

“As editor of Vogue, I am frequently asked about the influence and messages the images in the magazine send to our readers about body image,” says Alexandra Shulman. “Our mission in Vogue’s fashion pictures is to inspire and entertain, while showing the clothes created by many highly talented designers. They are created with this intention in mind, not to represent reality. The problem, if there is a problem, comes when people judge themselves and their appearance against the models they see on the pages of a magazine and then feel that in some way they fall short.”

Alexandra Shulman

The film is Shulman’s brainchild and is narrated by model Jade Parfitt. It also features fashion directors, fashion bookings Editors, creative directors, photographers and make-up artists all explaining the complexities and artifice behind constructing a fashion shoot from beginning to end.

It’s A Look is also part of Vogue’s ongoing Health Initiative program aimed at encouraging a healthier approach to body image within the fashion industry. The film is being sent to schools along with a lesson plan and teacher’s notes in the hope that education authorities will include it in the PHSE: Personal Wellbeing curriculum, with key stage 3, year 9 students in mind. However, the magazine’s initiative has already been attacked, with critics  accusing Vogue of “conveniently shirking the blame for a poisonous culture by telling us all what we knew already.”

Despite criticism, Shulman clarifies, “I am 100 per cent comfortable with what we do on Vogue. I am happy to say that I wish designers on the catwalk worked towards a larger body shape. We don’t run diets or articles on cosmetic surgery in the magazine. We are not about making people feel insecure.”

Read more about the initiative’s lesson plan here!

**READERS: What do you think about the ideas behind this film? Is it a beneficial, responsible project for Vogue to engage in? Or do you think it’s unfair to expect Vogue to explain itself?**

Thumbs Up on Kate Upton’s Vogue Cover

May 13th, 2013 3:28 pm

Sexy, curvy model Kate Upton has landed the cover and a full spread for June’s issue of American Vogue! We can’t wait to see it…

Inside, Kate talks about some of the difficulties she’s faced in the modelling industry as a curvier model. “The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change,” she tells interviewer Lizzie Widdicombe. “I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.”

Read the full interview and see more photos at

Robyn Lawley Defies All Laws

September 28th, 2011 9:00 am

Australian Super-model Robyn Lawley’s career keeps going from strength to strength. She has appeared on the covers of Italian Vogue and French Elle. She is also the first plus-size model to grace the pages of Australian Vogue.

And…(pssst- lean in closer) just to let you in on a little secret…she is the model for Anna Scholz’s Spring-Summer 2012 White Label collection campaign. Stay tuned for those stunning photos shot on location in Marrakech!

Here, Robyn answers Anna’s special questionnaire with flair!

What is your favourite part of your body?
My legs

Your personal Oscars : Favourite male actor/ favourite female actress ?
Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster

Where will you be in 5 years?
Modeling, dj-ing and hopefully designing

Who would be your dream date?
Brad Pitt

What superpower would you like to possess?
Teleportation– Then I wouldn’t have to fly anymore (hahaha)

What has been your greatest achievement?
Being on the cover of Vogue –It has not been an overnight success

What has been your happiest moment?
When I was overseas for nearly a year, returning to Australia to see all my family there at the airport waiting for me will always be my most cherished memory.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my sisters

What makes you sad?
Animal cruelty

How do you relax?
Watch movies that remind me of home

Heels or flats?

Black or white?

Where would you like to be right now?
In bed

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be kind

What is your favourite song?
Probably Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place”

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

What is your idea of happiness?
Being content with who you are


© Anne Kroul, 2013.