Ashley Graham Discusses Controversial Vogue Cover
Model Ashley Graham, 29, has come out to defend the controversial Vogue March 2017 cover. In the US March 2017 issue cover (to be availed on newsstands from February 21st), the model is posing alongside six other models: Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Victoria Ceretti. All the models are wearing black turtle necks and high-waist shorts posing in a line at the beach. The cover is titled ‘The Beauty Revolution’.
The cover photo sparked a lot of controversial opinion online and it was pointed out that Graham (who was standing second from the left) was the only model with her hand on her thigh as the rest had their hands round or over each other’s waists from the back. Many speculated that the pose was an attempt to make the cover model slimmer. Other social media users also pointed out that Gigi Hadid’s hand looked awkwardly long as it reached past Kendall Jenner’s waist to Graham’s waist. This was again pointed out as an attempt to make Graham’s midsection appear smaller.
In response, Ashley Graham, using her Instagram account took to the comment section saying that she chose to pose like that and no one had told her to pose as she did.
She re-posted the Instagram photo of the Vogue cover captioning it as a dream come true. She also expressed her gratitude to Vogue for having her on the cover and highlighted, through her choice of hashtags, that the magazine considered diversity as an important element.
Ashley Graham is well-known plus size model who is often said to be breaking down modeling and fashion barriers. Inside the magazine, the super model addresses the issue of size and fashion; she talks about the importance of acknowledging and embracing diversity in the fashion industry. She states that more than 50% of American women were a size 14 or bigger. She goes on to explain that consumers can no longer be ignored and especially now with the advent of social media, their voices are heard.
Apart from the photo-shop allegations, this issue has also sparked allegations of not making the line-up diverse enough. Some Instagram users commented that the cover did not have darker’ ladies and that all the ladies seem to be a blend of the same colour. Others went to criticize the fact that it was the first time an Asian-American was featured on the cover, but not exclusively.The magazine has sought to steer away from the controversy and has always championed inclusion.