Vogue Sparks Controversy

Vogue Sparks Controversy

            Everywhere in media we see models being photo shopped. More often than not, the photo shops turn out barely noticeable. Sometimes, however, we see a photo shop gone wrong. Recently, Vogue came out with a new cover featuring “Diverse Women.” Model Ashley Graham was featured on the cover along with Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Liu Wen on the cover of the March issue of the magazine. The first reason this cover is so controversial is the way Gigi’s arm goes across both Kendall and Graham’s bodies. Her arm was extremely photo shopped to make Graham’s body appear smaller. Additionally, Graham is the only one who has her arm hanging down on her leg. Critics are saying Graham was told to do this in order to appear skinnier. Graham is defending the magazine, saying, “I chose to pose like that. No one told me to do anything.” The magazine’s focus on diversity and featuring a plus size model on the cover is part of the diversity movement. Inside the magazine, Ashley explains why having diversity in the modeling industry is important, saying, "Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger. Sixty-seven percent. Maybe you could ignore those consumers before, but now, thanks to social media, they're making their voices heard.”