Vogue’s March cover bears the words “Modern American Woman” and features seven models of different ethnic backgrounds. Still, the cover is being slammed on Twitter for not being “inclusive” and “diverse” enough.
“The cover should’ve been more inclusive w/variety of skin tones,sizes,heights & ages,as well as more diversity every month,” tweeted one person.
“What does ‘redefining beauty’ mean when you have some of the most overused, most conventional-looking models on your cover?” tweeted another.
Many users have taken issue with how plus-sized model Ashley Graham is featured in the shot: while models Liu Wen, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Vittoria Ceretti all have their arms wrapped around each other, Graham is pictured clad in black with her hand on her thigh. Some also accused Hadid’s hand of being photoshopped to cover Graham’s stomach.
“Wow, they really made her put her arm down. God forbid we see an actual leg-sized leg on the cover of Vogue,” one woman wrote on Twitter. Another added: “so they have ashley graham on the vogue cover but they’re hiding her body to make her appear skinnier smh.”
Vogue has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The backlash has caused Graham to defend the cover. On Instagram, she responded to a comment, saying, “I chose to pose like that… No one told me to do anything.”
See more of the critical tweets below:
@voguemagazine The cover should've been more inclusive w/variety of skin tones,sizes,heights & ages,as well as more diversity every month????
— BibaGirrrl (@BibaGirrrl) February 9, 2017
@voguemagazine What does "redefining beauty" mean when you have some of the most overused, most conventional-looking models on your cover?
— London Tipton (@LondonTiptonXo) February 9, 2017
Vogue is "democratizing fashion" by not including a single woman darker than a paper bag in an "inclusive" spread. pic.twitter.com/ein18za44p
— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) February 8, 2017
This Vogue cover..Am I the only one who thinks it's hilarious how they've used basically the same woman just slightly less white
— Charlotte (@charlottewalshe) February 8, 2017
@voguemagazine While they may be different ethnicities, they all have the same facial features & structure so is that even real diversity?
— CarrieH. (@CarrieCnh12) February 8, 2017
The public to vogue: we need diversity!!
Vogue: *gets kendall and gigi again* pic.twitter.com/sGQdpWwqz8
— |’sa-nə-tê| (@angelmuxoz) February 8, 2017
Do you think Vogue know that having one 'plus size' model on their books, when the rest are 6ft + and size 4, doesn't make them diverse?
— ℬethan♕ (@bethanamyc) February 8, 2017
teen vogue can actually show diversity and throw out some social justice but vogue is like "look at these diverse six foot tall white girls"
— chelseaaaaaa ???? (@chelsea_writer) February 10, 2017
Vogue keeps fucking up! How is it "diverse" when mostly all of these models are white passing? Why is there only one "plus size" model? ???????????? https://t.co/wqISlknowu
— zoë (@zoedelano_) February 10, 2017
What a diverse representation! Bravo vogue! We feel so represented how refreshing ???????????????????????????????????? https://t.co/xh5SRm3edg
— Evelyn Karungi (@starrstruck10) February 10, 2017
Vogue is so mainstream, boring, redundant, it's not creative it's not diverse and it's not interesting
— Jordan Moorhead (@jordanmoorhead) February 10, 2017