The February 2015 issue of Vogue UK
has made fashion headline news.
The model Jordan Dunn graces
the cover of the publication.
Yet, why is this a news-worthy item?
British born Jourdan Dunn is an accomplished model.
She has featured in campaigns for Burberry, Topshop,
Prada and Victoria’s Secret.
She is beautiful. She is Black.
She is the first Black model, since Naomi Campbell in 2002,
to be highlighted as solo talent on a Vogue UK cover.
(image from guardian.com):
Vogue UK cover, February 2015
That a Black model as cover feature of Vogue UK
is cause for discussion is unfortunate:
exemplar of a “the more things change, the more things remain the same.”
The fashion industry continues as quagmire of a fixed physical aesthetic –
one of exclusivity, which yet fails to advance
with full commitment, beauty in all shades and sizes.
Ironically, the latest Vogue UK “cover girl”- Jourdan Dunn
has voiced strong criticism of the fashion industry’s apathy
towards promoting diversity:
“I have heard, ‘Oh, we haven’t shown any black models this season.’ So blasé… It’s messed up. Another time my agent told me, ‘They don’t want any black models this season.
(quote by Jourdan Dunn, referenced from glamourmagazine.co.uk)
Will the next 12 years see the fashion industry finally embrace
presentation of beauty multiplicity as evidenced in
societies of increased multi-ethnicity?
Are will 2027 be as 2015: more of the same.