Vogue Italia has thrown the fashion world a major curveball — by placing three plus-size models on its June 2011 cover.
The decision to shoot models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley isn’t a mere publicity stunt. It builds on efforts by the magazine’s audacious editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani to highlight the beauty of women with a bit of meat on their bones. In February Sozzani launched the website Vogue Curvy, which offers style tips to women who aren’t a size zero, and praises style “curvy icons” like Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey who exude elegance in larger sizes. She’s also launched a campaign to shut down web sites that promote anorexia.
“I did some research and found that there are countless pro-anorexia websites and blogs that not only support the disorder, but also urge young people to be competitive about their ‘body shape,” Sozzani has said. “Fashion has been always blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia, and our commitment is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder.”
The cover language “Belle Vere” translates as “True Beauty.” (via Telegraph)