VOGUE Confuses Me

Hey readers,

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This photo pretty much sums up my evening. Since midterms exams ended two days ago, I no longer had to fight back against the urge to run straight to the nearest bookstore and get my copy of the controversial Kim Kardashian&Kanye West (aka ‘Kimye’) covered latest issue of VOGUE magazine.

After purchasing the magazine, I carried it home(obviously), feeling the weight of the magazine, the weight of the 286 pages of the epitome of the fashion industry, pressing on my palms. Arriving home, I flopped my body onto my sofabed in the most comfortable position I could create with my throw pillows, and tentatively opened the cover of VOGUE USA 2014/APR.

The first 50 pages or so were smothered with advertisements for all sorts of different high-fashion brands, the sort that most fashion bloggers would die for. The other two-hundred and something pages mostly featured skinny models in weird poses(except for an article featuring an athlete known as ‘the world’s fittest woman’), squinting at the camera, or showed photos of celebrities livin’ the good life.

I probably sound not like a fashion blogger but like a grumpy old person with no understanding of the fashion industry. Well, maybe that’s true. Ironically, although my lifelong dream, for a few years now, has been to become the editor of VOGUE one day, I can’t help but wrinkle my nose at the fashion industry, more often than a dedicated fashion blogger should. I must admit that although I have an immense passion for style and fashion, I’m not yet able to sympathize with the motives of the industry itself. It still confuses me, and today I was having an ultimate mental breakdown while flipping through the glamour-filled pages of VOGUE, the magazine of my dreams that I both adore and feel skeptical of at the same time.

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(image above: Vogue UK  cover from January 1958)

Am I obsessed with reading the magazine? No.

Am I obsessed with the vibes that the magazine gives off in regard of the intriguing world of fashion and exquisite design; the very concept of such a magazine as VOGUE? Yes.

In short, to me, VOGUE is one of the most alluring solidificated masterpieces of creative human culture, and simultaneously it is the representation of the many flaws of the overly exclusive fashion world that promotes unhealthy idolization.

This is why VOGUE is such a confusing thing to me. I just can’t take a definite stance.

I mean, I’ve always been intrigued by human creations rather than the natural, already existent patterns of nature. Personally I find the former so much more interesting, because it gives me an idea of what we are capable of doing; what we can achieve as intelligent human beings. Also, human creations are a direct accumulation of our past-what we’ve done so far. And this is probably why fashion clicks with me. It’s such a magical concept, and anything beyond the limits of the laws of nature can be realized through human imagination and creativity.

You’d think, because of my views and feelings toward fashion that are portrayed in the paragraph above, that I should worship fashion magazines like VOGUE. But that’s not all. Like I assert fervently in many of my posts, the fashion industry and fashion magazines are greatly distorted in a way that promotes certain unified standards of beauty and style that, in my opinion, are extremely harmful for society, especially the younger generation(since they/we tend to be more influenced by lookism standards). That’s why I’m appalled whenever I open magazines like VOGUE and see a ton of brand labels each featuring the same standardized skinny, cheekbone-flashing model bombarding me and my 165cm, over-50-kg body.

I do understand that Conde Nast is a business, and that the fashion industry is indeed one of the most thriving money-generating hubs of this century, but I personally do believe that the fashion industry needs to be rooted in more philosophical values and a deep artistic passion for the world of fashion to be able to appeal to crowds of the other gender(men), wider generations, and people of different occupations. We need to work towards getting rid of the extensive glamour in order to let fashion show its true light from within. And although I’m still confused about why the fashion industry has to be so materialistic sometimes, one thing I know for sure is that that’s what I wanna do when I (hopefully) become the editor of VOGUE one day.

 

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7 responses to “VOGUE Confuses Me

  1. This is a great post, and really comforting to know that not all ‘fashion people’ subscribe to the ideals in Vogue and its contempories. I am now well into my 30s and so have a self-confidence and comfort with my looks that comes with maturity, but I do worry how the more insecure younger girls (and boys) must feel when they see the unrealistic images presented to them. I think your idea that Vogue should have wider appeals and values is spot on. I hope you achieve your dream – the fashion industry and its followers will be all the better for it!

    • Hi, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful, lovely comment. One of the most amazing things about running this blog is reading comments like this from people who sympathize with my ideas. : ) I hope more fashion people realize the harmful impacts of creating standardized images of beauty and style.
      Have a great day!

  2. I think it’s wonderful that you are passionate about fashion but also critical of it. Any field can’t move forward if everyone subscribes to everything that’s been set for it. I appreciate all the work and effort put into the fashion industry but I get wary when people start talking about fashion bibles, must-have and can’t-live-withouts. No matter what happens, no designer thing is better than a critical mind. Keep it up 🙂

    • Hi, thanks so much! I totally agree with you on the disapproval of fashion bibles and must-haves, etc. It’s great to know that there are people out there like you who can sympathize with me and are also able to be critical of the current fashion industry. Thank you again for reading my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. Sorry for replying late! Have a great day. : )

  3. The reason you are confused about Vogue is because it is actually NOT about fashion!! It is about creating a false reality that the public wants to ‘aspire’ to, and aspiring to ‘it’ sells more magazines. Creating the illusion of such a lavish lifestyles means that they can’t be sympathetic to the masses creating clothing for .$1.oo an hour (if that) – that makes their profession look ugly AND UGLY IS NOT FASHIONABLE!

    Anyway, I could go on, but I won’t…. you get the drift (I hope).

    Wouldn’t it be great if some self starter created a mag about sustainable fashion, from the roots up – how it is grown and manufactured, through to the models wearing the clothing, through to affordability… now there is an idea for a fashion student!

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