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Fab Flash: Gemma Ward the Inaugural Face of Vogue India

Gemma Ward is one lucky lady! She not only got to appear on the inaugural cover of Vogue China two years ago (below), but she just recently shot the cover of the debut issue of Vogue India, which is expected to appear in September. I love Gemma, but I think it is interesting that they chose her for the first covers of both the Chinese and Indian Vogues. What do you all think?

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Wicked Wicked 9 years
She looks a bit out of place.
Wicked Wicked 9 years
She looks a bit out of place.
vixen2 vixen2 9 years
i totally feel that they should have put an indian (or chinese) model for the inaugral cover. there are a TONNE of indian supermodels (padma lakshmi being the most well known). the message put across to other readers is quite aristocratic, fair skinned empowerment, all knowing, successful and world traveller white celebrity. i KNOW gemma ward loves india but come on, vogue. ~quite the disappointed reader.
vixen2 vixen2 9 years
i totally feel that they should have put an indian (or chinese) model for the inaugral cover. there are a TONNE of indian supermodels (padma lakshmi being the most well known). the message put across to other readers is quite aristocratic, fair skinned empowerment, all knowing, successful and world traveller white celebrity. i KNOW gemma ward loves india but come on, vogue. ~quite the disappointed reader.
yumemiru yumemiru 9 years
There are tons of Chinese models that could put, some are just as famous and as pretty looking as her and are of Chinese descendants. No offense, i just am not that into Vogue China, I've read a issue, but whenever i go back and do buy any mags, it usually is not Vogue, probably Raily (China's own, just like teen,cosmo, much better, fits the Chinese style!) Please, the Americanization is so yesterday, give it up, just because Chinese ppl eat Macdonald's doesn't mean the are going to be americanized...
misogi misogi 9 years
I'll support Gemma in almost anything she does, but I think they should have chosen an Indian model for the first issue. Indian women are so gorgeous...I'm sure it wouldn't have been that hard.But I think Vogue India might have chosen Gemma for the first issue to get the point across that they're an international fashion magazine, and not focused on just the fashion scene of their country.Either way, Gemma's awesome, but an Indian woman would have been a better choice.
misogi misogi 9 years
I'll support Gemma in almost anything she does, but I think they should have chosen an Indian model for the first issue. Indian women are so gorgeous...I'm sure it wouldn't have been that hard. But I think Vogue India might have chosen Gemma for the first issue to get the point across that they're an international fashion magazine, and not focused on just the fashion scene of their country. Either way, Gemma's awesome, but an Indian woman would have been a better choice.
mollipop mollipop 9 years
As an asian, I would've preferred if an Indian model got the Indian Vogue's inaugural cover. Gemma is undoubtedly gorgeous, but it seems a bit harder for more ethnic models to really make it in the fashion and beauty industry.
dawicca dawicca 9 years
Even though I love Gemma (on any cover,yess :D) , I think they should have chosen an Indian model for the first cover . because first covers matter ... I also believe that they should have shown a blend of traditionalism (Indian model) and originality (Indian style) to be impressive and catchy ("Vogue" : name is catchy enough though) , well , what do I know, huh? :)
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i dont' understand, if it's the inaugral issue, they should at the very least have an indian model grace the cover.
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 9 years
I love her and Lilly Cole!
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 9 years
I love her and Lilly Cole!
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
I agree with krampalicious.
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
I agree with krampalicious.
Calimie Calimie 9 years
Word. Models are already too far away from reality to include someone who is not Asiatic at all. The Chinese cover is not a bad idea but it would have been better with the top local models. There are many issues in which foreign ones can be the cover but the first one should be special.
Athena1 Athena1 9 years
Being Asian, I don't understand why Gemma is on the covers of these magazines either other than the fact she is the #1 Supermodel (especially in high fashion editorials) right now. She must have some powerful management or something.
jenzterama jenzterama 9 years
totally agree with krampalicious
redegg redegg 9 years
Look how many Chinese models are ON the first cover. It looks like they are trying to say (with gemma) "Look, we are taking Vogue (an American magazine) to China" and she is surrounded by Chinese models.
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 9 years
I agree with above ^^^^^^^^^ they should feel more confident about themselves...Personally I think Shilpa Shetty should be on the vogue India cover...
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
it just speaks to the continued colonialist standards that a white woman should represent the beauty ideal in asian countries. there are dozens of beautiful models in both china and india that could have inaugurated these covers, and it makes me sad to think that beauty standards worldwide remain so narrow.
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