I should have been thrilled to learn British Vogue features “real” women in its November issue.
I’ve been looking at magazines like Vogue for years and saying, “Ugh, more models! I just wish they would feature some REAL women”.
But that’s the thing: women have been saying this for years. Decades, even.
For too long, calls for more diversity in the ages, looks, sizes and ethnicity of the women in magazines have been seemingly falling on deaf ears — not to mention the requests to stop airbrushing women to the point of creating unnatural, unattainable images.
And now, finally — FINALLY — British Vogue has responded with ‘The Real Issue’, which has been referred to as “a model-free zone”. (Because models aren’t real women. Everybody knows that.)
It hit stands in the UK on Thursday. While I am happy women with job titles other than actress, model or lifestyle blogger – including Times Magazine columnist Melanie Reid and architectural historian Shumi Bose – will feature in the magazine, I still don’t think this is enough.
None of these everyday women make it to the front cover, firstly. That’s left to actress Emily Blunt: