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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
beautiful cover
MarikaJ MarikaJ 9 years
So...diversity is good, unless it's not the kind YOU want? Diversity and white people are not mutually exclusive. Gemma is one of the top models in the world, and yes, she happens to be white. So she should automatically be intentionally excluded from the fashion magazines in non-white countries? Is there an Indian top model? If there were, I'm sure she'd be on the cover, right in the middle. Maybe the two Indian girls should be happy that they're completely unknown (internationally), yet on the cover of Vogue. I'm just guessing that if a Brazilian or black model were there, there wouldn't be such a stink about it. Get over yourselves, it is what it is. To say it was done to intentionally squash your culture is ignorant. White, black, asian, who gives a sh#t? Oh, I remember, you do.
Leolina Leolina 9 years
Poor Gemma! She does nt even hold a candle to those incredable looking women. How can one country have so many stunning women?
cittypark cittypark 9 years
both women surrounding gemma are ridiculously gorgeous!!!!!!! i can't decide who's more beautiful. totally flawless :]
alphaomega alphaomega 9 years
I read the comments on here with some interest. Indian Vogue has chosen to put 2 popular Indian Actresses on the cover as well as another in the gatefold along with 2 indian models. Into this mix they threw one of thew top 10 earners in the western modelling world. What I find interesting is people are questioning their decision to include Ward. Indian Vogue is clearly sending the message of what type of magazine they intend to be. A mix of Indian and Western fashion blended together. Gemma Ward seems the most sensible choice possible in this situation. Of the top 10 earners she is about the youngest and on the upswing. It's the same reason they chose to put her on the cover of Vogue China. They have then chosen the three Bollywood girls for their Bollywood noteriety, although Basu did win Ford Supermodel of the Year a few years back - probably more years than she is 100% comfortable admitting. Chopra won Miss World a few years back but thats not really on Vogues radar and Zinta is very popular in India. The two Indian modeal were probably not chosen to flank Ward because modelling profile wise is way behind acting in India. It's a sensible mix when you think about it as it captures several different aspects of the type of audience they are aiming for. Young Indian women with a taste for fashion which is in India a mix of Bollywood style, traditional indian clothing and jewelry styles and Western influences. Vogue is a fashion magazine and it's cover is making a clear statement straight away as to it's focus. Plenty of Indian magazines have narrower Indocentric focuses but clearly Indian Vogue wants to bring cutting edge Western fashion trends into the mix whilst not abandoning traditional Indian stylings. I think it's a superb choice.
I agree with NYFashionista. First I was just thinking that Gemma's coloring just wasn't aesthetically pleasing with the layout. But, I did forget how pervasive the whole light skin light eyes thing in India is. Why didn't they put a beautiful African woman like Iman ? That would really educate Indian people about real beauty since there are so many Indian women with that kind of beauty that are just simply thought to be down right ugly. I hope this magazine empowers women and recognize the natural abundance of sophisticated, exotic beauty that is found in India but that's quickly and swiftly rejected. I am of Indian origin and I think I may be one of the few who love their blue black hair and dark eyes. That's what makes us exotic. I'm glad they didn't have Aishwarya Rai on the cover atleast. She is like a walking tacky joke. A very rich one, I admit, which boggles the mind even further. But, I am sure she will be featured. I find nothing fascinating about her. Quite to the contrary. Not even sure I like Preity Zinta on the cover, but they made her look good there, she isn't dressed like a twelve year old girl. Why do alot of Hindi actressed do that? I hope they bring in innovative cutting edge people and life up women's self image and inner strength in their femininity. Good luck India Vogue!
tartfuel tartfuel 9 years
This is great news! But I'm adding another vote against Gemma Ward being on the cover. They did it in Vogue China, why are they doing it again? And with the same model! People can give so many reasons for her being there, oh its fashion photography, etc but it stands for something greater than what it is. It's not just about the fact that there's a Caucasian model in the midst of these Indian women but what it portrays and signifies!
Ericka Ericka 9 years
It's an Indian magazine, a white woman just doesn't belong on the cover really, especially the inaugural. It'd be like "Latina" magazine putting a white woman on their 1st issue. Doesn't make sense. They would never and in fact I don't believe hadve ever. It just comes off as Vogue pushing their ideals of blonde/white beauty on Indian woman to me.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
There has never been an indian model or actress on a vogue cover. and there has only been 3 black women on the cover of u.s. vogue. I am glad to see there is an India Vogue. We need more diversity.
kelleylocke kelleylocke 10 years
While I'm not opposed to Gemma being on the cover I don't love how she's the center of attention and the other women fade to the background.
muchacha muchacha 10 years
fab, i don't completely agree that Vogue "reaching out" to India is an entirely positive thing, like you say. I think that it actually could have some negative effects on Indian culture.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
beautiful model on the right. Go India!
Hibalicious Hibalicious 10 years
Pakistan Vogue is what these guys need!! lol
vixen2 vixen2 10 years
umm... does it bother anyone that the premier issue does not have an indian "model" on the cover, rather 2 successful actresses?
vixen2 vixen2 10 years
awesome. i love it. minus ward but anyhoo. i think vogue will do well, look at how successful cosmo, l'officiel, elle are ~ vogue is LEAGUES above them all. its great! good job, and can't wait to get a hold of a copy! and ppl there are a TONNES more beautiful indian ladies out there than just rai and basu (though i love them both). let's hope vogue india does justice to them woohoo.. im excited!
vireland vireland 10 years
Does anybody know if this magazine can be purchased in the U.S.?
liliblu liliblu 10 years
This is an interesting article on Vogue and their Glorification of Colonailism.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
Hey Everyone It is a very interesting choice on Vogue's part but please make sure you respect each other's opinions and do not attack each other. thanks Team
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Hey ladies! Well, it certainly is interesting to see the response to this. But let's not forget, Vogue reaching out to other parts of the world is a positive thing, albeit belated. No reason to get feisty or offensive, but thank you for sharing your opinions! xo
nikecold nikecold 10 years
Oh my god I've gotten the good hair comments too, my hair is VERY VERY curly , but not exactly what you'd call kinky, and I usually just wash it and leave it. Because I've tried the sraightening at the urging of my aunts and my hair kept falling out so badly. the thing is my hair never seems to grow past my shoulders so I thought I'd take one last shot with the japanese thing. I actually think its really stupid to, I could care less if a woman wants to wear her hair straight but the whole good hair, light skin, and fine features crap bugs me.
nikecold nikecold 10 years
Yeah I get that all the time. Most of the time I'll talk about myself and I'll be like "because you know I'm black" and people will just interrupt my conversation and say that I am NOT black that I am just "morena" or just light skinned or whatever. I understand since I'm lighter than a lot of people here who aren't even racially black in the first place. The problem is in my country its reaaaally confusing because some people don't relate you much to your race rather than the COLOR of your skin and others relate you to your race. So some will call you black and others will say I'm clearly mixed, and then others will say and I quote "oh come on admit it, you're NOT black, sweetheart!". And I mentioned the asian thing earlier...I swear some people are just ignorant. I had a friend call me the N word once ...just like that lightly , he was amd at me so and someone mentioned me and he just said it. I confronted him and I realized he didn't really mean it in the real hatred filled sense of the word, he just chose a very harsh word he didn't understand. This is the same guy who asks me on dates, he has nothing against me or my race he was just mad ...and I guess that's the worst he could come up with. Is that stupid or what?
indielove indielove 10 years
I love kohl-rimmed eyes. Indian women wear it so well.
rapture1 rapture1 10 years
Race aside for a moment, what's inappropriate about putting a top international fashion model on the cover of a top international fashion magazine? What does that say to the rest of the fashion world about the relevance of this country as a style maker? Yes, she's white, but her country was under British imperial rule as well. Having said that, didn't they make her front and center a bit much and distinct from other models? Why? Why is she the only model out of six who doesn't have the kohl-rimmed eyes? I think that was a bad judgment call, and she wouldn't have looked out of place if they gave her a more traditional Indian eye. Unfortunately, I don't have Photoshop on this computer, but I'm serious -- it would have made a world of difference in making the three leftmost women look stylistically cohesive.
indielove indielove 10 years
they DO prefer lighter skinned black girls or black girls with not much African features. Sad thing is that even black people, especially black men, act this way. Just yesterday I found a video of R. Kelly and Usher called 'Same Girl' and in it R. Kelly is describing his girlfriend to Usher and he says that she's 'red-bone'. I picked up on it and mentioned it to my sis who was watching with me. Haven't you noticed that all those video girls look a CERTAIN way? They're curvy, yes, BUT light-skinned. Their hair looks so perfect, I can't tell if it's real or not. My hair right now is wash-and-go, my hair is thick but not kinky. When I flat-iron it, it's 3/4 down my back and I always get attention if I wear my hair this way. During the summer, I just wash-and-go so it doesn't make that much of an impact but I have gotten many 'compliments' in the past for have 'good' hair for a black girl. HIGHLY offensive, in my opinion.
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