It is hard to deny that accusations of racism is present in the fashion world when diversity is a rare sight in magazine covers and runways. One definition of fashion design is “the art of the application of design and aesthetic or natural beauty to clothing and accessories”, sadly not a lot of woman can identify with the definition of this supposed natural beauty. For decades, inclusion in the industry seems to only welcome woman of certain shape, size and color, and there has been comments that the industry is “white washed”.
Fortunately, Edward Enninful, Vogue’s editor in chief is ready to start a movement of change represented in the newest trailblazing Vogue cover.
Featuring 9 women of all colors shape and background, this inspirational cover stands as a representation of what Vogue stands to believe in 2018. Along with Radhika Nair, Yoon Young Bae, Faretta, Fran Summers, Vittoria Ceretti, Paloma Elsesser and Selena Forrest,
This opens up a gateway for many brilliant voices to be heard, taking down barriers of the traditional definition of glamour and style. Quoting from Edward Enninful, “Yet as a new mood begins to take hold – one that will only enrich and enliven creativity in fashion – I also believe that the time has come for us to look forward. In short, it is a moment for Vogue to do what it has always done best: to offer a bold vision of what the future can – and should – look like.”
Halima Aden, born in a refugee camp in Somalia is one of the beautiful faces featured in the cover. Her story inspires millions as she is a an authentic representation of how the fashion industry is evolving. When asked about the modification of diversity, Halima Aden told Huffington post UK that “Everybody comes from different cultures and races. There’s something beautiful when it’s a blended runway.”.
The shoot was a great success, seeing all the different race and backgrounds intertwining in one cover for the same purpose – climbing over the pre-altered definition of beauty. Despite the differences they bear, the similar value and integrity they share is what the world desperately needs right now.