In the past, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani has dedicated issues of the magazine to rehab, fighting racism, the 2010 BP oil spill and cosmetic surgery addiction. This time in a new controversial issue, she uses the magazine and her latest April edition to take a stand against domestic violence in a gory editorial.

FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (6)Vogue magazine is one of the most influential and powerful fashion magazines in the world right now. Vogue Italia is the Milanese version and gets just as much coverage with an equally large readership base. It doesn’t seem out-of-place for Franca Sozzani to try to send a much-needed message using the glossy pages of a fashion magazine – what comes into question is how “appropriate” the message sent was.

FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (9)In the April 2014 issue of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani touches on a sore subject, but a subject that needs attention and awareness nonetheless.

To be honest a lot of people go into magazine pages to look for an escape from real life situations – hence the much thinner models, photoshopped looks and more. Franca Sozzani’s choice to use a widely read magazine for such a gory editorial takes that away from the readers and they are faced with something that is too real to ignore – domestic violence. Maybe this wasn’t the best way for her to send out the message but she definitely got the message out. Rebellion, provocation and violence are carefully played out in the magazine.

The fact that Franca Sozzani chose to speak out in this controversial way comes as no surprise. The acclaimed editor is known for not shying away from controversy – She published a wildly popular issue of Vogue Italia featuring only black models in 2008, and she put plus-size models in lingerie on the cover in 2011.

FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (1) FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (2) FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (3) FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (1)For the April 2014 issue, the cover story, shot by Steven Meisel is called “Horror Story,” and models are depicted running from men wielding knives, scissors and other weapons in dangerous (and, in some cases, deadly) situations. The looks, provided by the likes of Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Fendi and Marc Jacobs, are covered in blood.

On one hand it seems she is making domestic violence look glamorous (using high-brand fashion), and on the other hand she may just be saying that even the glamorous can be victims of domestic violence.

FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (4) FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (5) FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (8) FAB Fashion Vogue Italia's Editor Franca Sozzani Speaks Against Domestic Violence In Gory Editorial For April 2014 Issue FAB Magazine (10)According to Franca Sozzani, in an interview with Alexander Fury of Independent, “The horror of life is bigger than the one that you can see in the movies. This is really a horror show, what we are looking at and what we see every day in every newspaper around the world is how fragile the woman still is today, and how she can be attacked, can be abused, can be killed. We sell the dream because we are a magazine… But at the same time, we can give people the opportunity to have a voice, for awareness. It’s not about provocation, at all”

Regardless of the criticism that Franca Sozzani has gotten as a result of this new Vogue Issue, with some describing the cinematographic violence as “done in poor taste”, one thing is certain – she has gotten us to talk about domestic violence, which was her aim.

Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani

What are your thoughts? Has Vogue Italia raised an issue or crossed a line with this April 2014 issue?

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