Eleven years since the decadent curves of Sophie Dahl graced the cover of Vogue Italia, editor Franca Sozzani unveiled its June 2011 issue with the curves of Tara Lynn, Candice Huffin and Australian Robin Lawly clad in lingerie on the cover. Channeling the original spirit of 90s supermodels and Marie Antoinette-type opulence, Sozzani’s calculated decision proves to be a little step for Vogue, but a massive sprint for the future of fashion.
Addressing the much-debated issue of the fashion industry’s obsessions with extremely thin, Sozzani admits to the scary, subliminal messages fashion seems to champion. “Fashion has been always blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia,” she claims. “Our commitment is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder.” In addition to Vogue Curvy, an online supplement to the publication, she also launched a petition against pro-anorexia websites.
Shot within the lap of pure luxury (The Waldorf Astoria, no less), Steven Meisel captures voluptuous beauty accentuated with champagne, delicate fur coats and pearls. Reminiscent of a secret boudoir run by exquisite opera singers, this editorial is a glamourous ode to the underrated allure of a womanly curve.
Small steps, however, as Vogue Italia still features frail and tiny women in the majority of their editorials.