British Vogue‘s latest magazine cover is being criticized by some as tone deaf.
Fashion stylist Edward Enniful’s appointment as British Vogue‘s first black editor was well celebrated, but the publication’s special Hollywood February issue does not seem too progressive.
Introducing the Hollywood Special February 2018 issue of #NewVogue starring @MargotRobbie and Nicole Kidman, photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by @edward_enninful in a special collaboration with @wmag, with story by Lynn Hirschberg. Robbie wears @LouisVuitton and Kidman @Dior, both wear @lacrasiagloves. On newsstands January 5
Adding further confusion, British Vogue celebrated “Hollywood’s New Era” with a list of mostly white actresses.
Enniful’s promotion to editor-in-chief of the magazine sparked big expectation’s for British Vogue‘s first black, queer male editor.
The 45-year-old delivered with his first cover featuring Model of the Year Adwoa Aboah in a stunning headscarf, but his new photo elicited a disappointed reaction from users on social media.
"why we need to talk about race" pic.twitter.com/OjIkmhitCi
— laia. (@geometricsleep) January 3, 2018
The need is very much there, apparently! https://t.co/YODj3dXfuV
— Connie Wang (@conniewang) January 3, 2018
???? yt cover, all but one cover list of "hollywoods new era" but ????? idk how i feel about this this is very "fashion capitalizing on activism" pic.twitter.com/bpuP9WjwRN
— Diva Mukherji (@divamukherji) January 3, 2018
— Michael. (@yosoymichael) January 4, 2018
@BritishVogue says "we need to talk about race" on new cover featuring Nicole Kidman & Margot Robbie. OKkkkkkk then….
— AdKid (@ADtesh) January 4, 2018
Did British #Vogue really put 'why we need to talk about race' as a coverline on a cover featuring two blonde & blue eyed actresses? Really?! 📚📸
— Babette Radclyffe-T (@chicstranger) January 4, 2018
British Vogue: “Why we need to talk about race”
Also British Vogue: *Features two white actresses on the cover* https://t.co/2gD3DaKzZ1
— kris (@ilovemiuself) January 3, 2018
Enninful and British Vogue have not commented on the criticism as of this writing.