Vogue has released their new "diversity" cover for March featuring models Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Ashley Graham, and more. Although this cover has models who are different shades, and even a plus model, many people are speaking out online, calling the magazine out for not being diverse enough.
Some of the most quoted tweets include @BibaGirrrl who says, "The cover should've been more inclusive w/variety of skin tones,sizes,heights & ages,as well as more diversity every month" and @LondonTiptonXo who asks "What does "redefining beauty" mean when you have some of the most overused, most conventional-looking models on your cover?"
And they're not wrong! This cover shows progress in the fashion industry, but slow and barely noticeable progress. The white women on this cover look almost identical, they've use only light skinned black models, and to round it out there is one asian and one plus size model - who many in the plus community don't see as a representative or ally.
It's like a season of ANTM, you gotta look like you've got variety, but you don't.
According to CNN, Maya Singer writes, "In a climate of immigration bans and building walls, the biggest names in 2017 make the case that there isn't just one type of American girl — nor has there ever been." A true and important message which gets lost in a cover that tells viewers that while there are many types, there's only a few that are acceptable.
I think this commenter may have said it best, "You had such a great chance here and I've never been more disappointed. I hope that in the future you'll finally start taking a chance on women that represent real bodies and real standards."