British acting talent Thandie Newton has hit headlines recently, after publically critisizing fashion magazine Vogue for not having enough black celebrities grace its cover.
Implying the US edition of Vogue‘s reluctance to use black personalities as cover stars, Thandie – who is of Zimbabwean and British decent, and famed for her electrifying roles in Layer Cake (2004), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and For Colored Girls (2010) - told Pride Magazine that despite being asked to pose for the cover of numerous fashion magazines, she has yet to be approached by Vogue. “It`s so preposterous. I mean, I`ve been on the cover of Harper`s Bazaar four times; I`ve been on the cover of InStyle four times, but Vogue, not once.”
The mixed race beauty explained how being ‘snubbed’ by Vogue personally resonates with her,”people say to me, I mean literally, people have said to me, `What have you got against Vogue that you don`t want to be on their cover?` And I just laugh.”
Although black celebrities Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Oprah have graced US Vogue‘s cover, representing a small sample of the black/ethnic celebrity pool, 31 year old Thandie, who made her West End debut last month in play Death and the Maiden, offered her opinion as to why the international publication synonymous with forward-thinking fashion and stylish living may be reluctant to feature more black celebrities on its cover, saying “[Vogue] don`t feel the need to represent because it doesn`t make any sense to them.”
Vogue haven’t commented on the issue, but Thandie, who has always been outspoken about race issues, beleives America’s attitudes to ethnicty is key to the magazine’s decisions over placing black people on its cover, saying “it`s just baffling to me, but as usual America will dictate the ways things go and a magazine like Vogue will just follow America.”
Hoping the gorgeous looking, vitally spoken actress’ words raise the point poignantly enough to promote a change in attitudes towards race in fashion, we at FAB salute Thandie’s words well said and too dream of a better representation of black and ethnic people in fashion and the media. Cannon ball in Vogue‘s court.