Image via Vogue
Issue after issue, Vogue is a must-buy, considering their stunning editorials and expertly written articles, but this month, we’re pleased to report that the glossy is taking a stand on change. Flip to page 32 of the January 2010 issue or read more here for an honest and truthful look at what Vogue sees as the future of fashion: curves.
Their model of choice for the feature is none other than the impressive and consistently breathtaking Lara Stone. Her pictures appear all over magazines and campaigns this season, as she even ousted Madonna as the face of Louis Vuitton for Spring 2010 ads. But she’s way more than the pretty face she appears to be in pictures, and Lara has been more than outspoken on her tribulations, from her industry-perceived curvy figure to proactively addressing her problems with alcohol. While she’s certainly far from plus sized, her shape is one that not every designer or stylist can appreciate, even though we see Lara’s image on countless pages of magazines, gracing editorials all over. She opens up to Vogue’s Rebecca Johnson in a two-page article, which discusses her struggle as a model, saying, “I like my job. I don’t want to do anything else.” And as for the designers that she doesn’t work with? “That is their aesthetic. It’s not for me to say whether it’s right or wrong.” But Lara’s womanly figure truly is everywhere, proving that fashion is changing and at the forefront of the shift is Vogue. After all, the magazine established the CFDA Health Initiative in 2007, and whether she’s aware or not, Lara has become the leader for change, seemingly supported in full by Vogue. Anna Wintour spoke to Modelinia exclusively about the article, saying, “Vogue has always been supportive of healthy models and will continue to be so in the future. And I hope that Lara’s success as a model, even though her image does not fit into the existing norm, will inspire the industry to rethink its current preferences.”
Along with the momentum from Vogue, comes the industry’s response towards change. Fashion already has Crystal Renn, who’s new book—Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves—tackles the issue of weight and the pressures of being a model in the fashion industry, not to mention Liu Wen’s groundbreaking moment at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as the first Asian model to walk the glittery runway, and we’re looking forward to V Magazine’s January issue, which focuses on shapely models. It’s truly a new life of fashion.