The fashion media is all atwitter this week over V #63, the high-fashion magazine’s size issue. Everyone from the New York Times to Jezebel is talking about it, and the response is huge. Whether or not you like the shots released thus far, this issue, much like the Vogue Italia Black issue, has spurned a ton of discussion.
The issue, which is marketed to feature subjects of all sizes, is getting most of its coverage because of the pre-released editorials featuring voluptuous, and sometimes scantily clad, plus-sized models. The most controversial of them all is “Curves Ahead,” an in your face spread featuring plus-sized models in very little clothing, accentuating all of their curves.
The problem with ‘Curves Ahead’ is not the subject or the styling, but rather, the lack of narrative. Now it is not to say that all editorials need a narrative (see: Caroline Trentini shot jumping by David Sims for the millionth time), but the retro-glamazon styling could have been supplemented with a loose plot to make the spread look like more than what it is, twelve pages that scream “Look at us! We are curvy! We are also topless!”
‘One Size Fits All’, on the other hand, is exactly what a size issue should be. It shows that a larger model can wear high fashion garments as well as, if not better than, a thin model. Granted, it would take effort to make Crystal Renn look bad, but as an editorial, it is captivating and not overtly sensationalized.
Renn, who last year penned her memoir “Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves,” is one of the most successful plus-sized models in the industry, and one can even say she out-models Jacquelyn Jablonski in the aforementioned spread.
Despite Karl Lagerfeld’s frequent and unapologetic weight-phobic comments, he too is a contributor to this issue, shooting a plus-sized subject in the hallowed halls of Chanel in Paris, decked out in the much buzzed about tattoos from the S/S10 show. This comes as somewhat shocking coming from the same man who said, “No one wants to see curvy women.”
Scandalous as it may be, that might be his intention. Lagerfeld has been known to make a point, and we can assume that his intention is not to flatter Miss Dirty Martini, the star of the shoot, but instead to somewhat objectify her. However, it’s a role she was glad to fill.
Like it or not, the issue hits news stands January 14th. Will you be picking up a copy?
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