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Olly Eley Breaks New Ground as British ELLE’s First Non-Binary Cover Star

Farrah Storr continues to propel British ELLE to new heights and is on a mission to break new ground. Not only did we receive an actual fashion model as last month’s cover star, the magazine sent shock waves through the industry with its triumphant January cover featuring Aweng and Alexus Ade-Chuol. Now another groundbreaking moment comes our way for June 2021 as Olly Eley becomes the publication’s first non-binary cover star with photographer Damon Baker capturing the Australian-British model for the cover shot.

UK Elle June 2021 : Olly Eley by Damon Baker


ELLE‘s latest divided our forum members. “Is it me or has ELLE made them more feminine than what Olly Eley usually looks like in other shoots?” asked kokobombon.

“I don’t feel the fashion from this cover,” added caioherrero.

“Can fashion magazines stop thinking they can change the world or how we think and just focus on fashion? It is so insulting and patronizing to the reader to assume what any of our ideals are,” voiced Gary89.

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“I have no idea who this person is, but perhaps they’re a thing in the U.K.? Anyway the cover is bad,” shared mepps.

“People mad because a non-binary person appears on the cover of a fashion magazine is the reason why LGBTQ+ representation in massive media and fashion still matters,” declared JPineapple.

“The cover itself doesn’t do it for me as much as last month’s Vogue Paris knockoff, but I have to firmly applaud Farrah Storr for steering British ELLE in a new direction, giving us covers and cover subjects which break new ground. The January cover is already up for an award!” noted vogue28.

WAVES was in the same frame of mind: “This sort of cover and topic will always generate all sorts of thinking so to each their own… And if it creates awareness and provides sensitive information, good for them and readers.”

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