The April issue of Australian Vogue has been on newsstands for almost 3 weeks, and it seems Vogue can not seem to do anything right at the moment.
First Media Watch pointed out last week that Vogue’s ‘interview’ with Elizabeth Taylor may not have been as exclusive as they claimed. Now a Sydney newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, have reported that the 15 year old model on the cover of the April 2007 issue have been slammed by Family Council of Victoria secretary, Bill Muehlenberg.
“We have to ask, at what point should we be putting children into adult fashion magazines?” Mr Muehlenberg said.
Katie Braatvedt is the first New Zealand model to be featured on the cover of Australian Vogue in 10 years and features in an impressive 13-page editorial spread in Vogue.
Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements said she took the model’s age into account when deciding to feature her on the cover.
“It’s not sexy or decadent. They’re whimsical, romantic portraits, and I see an incredible, ethereal prettiness in this girl.”
Clements said the girl’s parents had approved of the shoot.
According to RunwayReporter.com, it’s not the first time Katie has featured in the pages of Australian Vogue, she was labelled as “Vogue’s favourite new face” in their August 2006 issue. But of course a cover is much different from a editorial mention.
I don’t think the shoot was offensive or racy by any means. But for a magazine that is about all things aspirational, should we be aspiring to look like or be like a such a young woman?
Want to see what the fuss is all about? Check out some photo’s of the editorial scanned in and posted online at The Fashion Spot.
Rumour has it that the cover image was switched at the last minute when news of a rival fashion mag was also featuring the same international supermodel on the cover. (As is turns out, both April issues of the two magazines were due to have a freebie for readers who picked up their magazines from the newsstands.)
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