British Vogue has come under fire from readers over its latest cover featuring Aussie actresses Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.
Last year, Edward Enninful took the reins as editor-in-chief following Alexandra Shulman’s 25-year period at the helm of the fashion bible.
Enninful – the first black, male and openly gay editor of the magazine – was in charge of his first cover in Vogue’s December issue which featured model and activist Adwoa Aboah.
Introducing the Hollywood Special February 2018 issue of #NewVogue starring @MargotRobbie and Nicole Kidman, photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by @edward_enninful in a special collaboration with @wmag, with story by Lynn Hirschberg. Robbie wears @LouisVuitton and Kidman @Dior, both wear @lacrasiagloves. On newsstands January 5
On Wednesday afternoon, the magazine announced its third ‘Hollywood special February issue’ on Instagram.
The cover features Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, alongside a list of mostly white names – except the inclusion of Gal Gadot who is Israeli and Hong Chau who was born in Thailand – accompanied with the headline ‘Hollywood’s New Era’.
But it was something else on the front page, linked with that, which people pointed out – the statement: ‘Why we need to talk about race’.
Fashion will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever change! Ever! It’s the way the system was built: on white supremacy! Any resemblance of change is lip service, “quick hit fix” to appease the public — “look at us, we’re part of the movement”. 🙄🙄😂😂 it’s tiresome really https://t.co/tMJh2GzKiS
— bryanboy (@bryanboy) January 3, 2018
So it seems people are questioning how diverse the ‘New Vogue era’ actually is.
Pippabug commented on Instragram: ‘The irony of this cover with the copy, Why we need to talk about race.’
One person wrote on Twitter:
The new issue of British Vogue…we started off so strong and now we’re back to white women and chiffon.
Seb Law wrote:
The cover defo leads the mag! It’s an easily-avoidable juxtaposition… I was really looking forward to Ed’s Vogue but this & the Taylor cover are…disappointing.
The cover defo leads the mag! It's an easily-avoidable juxtaposition… I was really looking forward to Ed's Vogue but this & the Taylor cover are…disappointing.
— Seb Law (@sebulous) January 3, 2018
And well known fashion blogger, BryanBoy added:
Fashion will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever change! Ever! It’s the way the system was built: on white supremacy! Any resemblance of change is lip service, ‘quick hit fix’ to appease the public — ‘look at us, we’re part of the movement’ it’s tiresome really.
This image + that coverline = why we need to talk about race. pic.twitter.com/azzy8S4rdP
— Samantha Leal (@samanthajoleal) January 3, 2018
Speaking about the new issue, Enninful said in a press statement:
When I first decided that Vogue should put together a star-filled portfolio featuring the biggest names in current cinema to mark the exceptional 2017/18 awards season, who knew Hollywood would soon be top of the global news agenda. It was clear to me that the mood needed to change.
That it was a time for honesty. Enter photographer Juergen Teller, my long-time collaborator and the world’s most gifted documenter of celebrity at its most intimate and off-duty. Over four days in Los Angeles it was great to spend time with him and some of today’s amazing talents as they look to reshape how Hollywood does business in a post-Weinstein world, including cover stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman – two of the most straight-talking professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
— Edward Enninful OBE (@Edward_Enninful) December 31, 2017
Hoping this was on oversight, and knowing Enninful and his hopes for a ‘New Era’ of Vogue, it probably was…