It’s always amazing how Editors and fashion photographers do all they can to project celebrities in the most unblemished and flawless ways possible. It’s an unrealistic gesture that the world readily accepts – the use of blatantly photoshopped and retouched images in fashion magazines.
This however does not mean that when the world is given images of real people in real life images the world will not accept it. Regardless of praises for the unretouched Aerie lingerie campaign, Dove Beauty #Selfie Campaign and more, Vogue UK editor Alexander Shulman is of the opinion that people don’t want to see a “Real Person” on magazine covers.
Alexandra Shulman recently sat down for an interview with BBC Radio 2 and revealed her thoughts on a few things, specifically the portrayal of a glamorous lifestyle in magazines, what sells on the newsstand and the use of thin models in general.
Read excerpts below and read more on The Telegraph:
On the criticism of thin models in magazines and why people want to see fantasy:
“People always say ‘why do you have thin models? That’s not what real people look like’ But nobody really wants to see a real person looking like a real person on the cover of Vogue. I think Vogue is a magazine that’s about fantasy to some extent and dreams, and an escape from real life.”
On what she thinks sells on the newsstand:
“If I knew exactly what sold it would be like having the secret of the universe, but I’d say broadly speaking, if you’re going to talk about a model or a personality, it’s kind of a quite middle view of what beauty is. Quite conventional, probably smiling, in a pretty dress; somebody looking very ‘lovely’. The most perfect girl next door.”
But she would like for sample sizes to be bigger:
“I do think the designers should cut bigger and use bigger models on the catwalk. I’ve said it again and again…But there is much more diversity than there used to be, it is changing.”
The current edition of Vogue features television chef Nigella Lawson on the cover, who was praised for her “natural” look.