Even though we’re now in August (this year is positively flying past me, I swear), the July issue of Vogue Italia continues to make news. The issue was the first in Conde Nast history to be reprinted, and it’s been analyzed to high heaven — Jezebel did exhaustive work, as did Make Fetch Happen. Stylechile and NYC/Caribbean Ragazza also wrote insightful critiques.
My post In or Out of Vogue, drew some really insightful comments. The folks over at AOL Black Voices thought so too — they linked to it in their Responses to Italian Vogue slide show. You can peep Danielle J’s comment on slide 6 of 18. Props, Danielle J!
If you got your hands on the issue, consider yourself lucky — I was unable to procure one here in Miami or Chicago when I visited recently. If you’re like me and couldn’t get a copy, check out Fashionista, she scanned and posted the whole thing. Oh, and for those who feared the black model phenomenon would be a one-issue trick, the August issue of Italian Vogue features beautiful, moody photos of the smoking hot Jourdan Dunn. Not to be left completely in the lurch, American Vogue’s August issue features an article on beautifully aging bella Diahann Caroll, and up and coming soon-to-be-interviewed-by-moi singer Janelle Monae. Yay!
Now that the furor has died down a bit, what do you think about the all black Italian Vogue issue? Was it worthy of all the hubbub, or was it much ado about nothing special? Do you think it’s going to help to bring a more inclusive palette of beauty to the fashion industry, or is that just wishful thinking?