Vogue: The Few. The Banal.

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When I recently received my issue of September Vogue I said out loud – “Not Keira Knightly again!”  I have no sort of qualms with Keira, in fact I think she is quite lovely, but I find that I am often questioning what is driving Vogue magazine to have such uninspired covers?  Since I am addressing this issue, it would also be fair to say how unattractive these covers as well!  What is going on with Keira’s hair?

While sitting down and admiring the hundreds of pages of ads, I asked myself – how many covers has Keira really been given?  Which in turn sent me on an obsessive spiral to document the past four years of banal Vogue covers.  In fact, what I discovered was astonishing.  No, not the fact that virtually almost every cover displayed a white actress slathered with an awful shade of lipstick, but rather that the cover girls (women) seemed to be playing a game of musical chairs.  Among 57 covers, there were 5 actresses who graced Vogue 3 times, and 11 actresses who smiled for the camera twice.  You do the math.  Not much representation of the diversity of actresses, models nor America at that.

Surely Vogue knows of more than 10 actresses in Hollywood?  There is no shortage of starlets, or even better, leggy models.  Anna Wintour can do better than this, can’t she?  Maybe she should give Carine a call, as Vogue Paris publishes some of the best covers the Fashion Intel has seen. Lets break it down:

  1. Keira Knightley: 12.05, 05.06, 06.07, 09.08
  2. Drew Barrymore: 04.05, 02.06, 04.08
  3. Kate Hudson: 06.04, 07.06, 01.08
  4. Nicole Kidman: 05.04, 12.06, 07.08 [also 09.03]
  5. Jennifer Aniston: 08.03, 01.04, 04.06
  6. Gwyneth Paltrow: 10.05, 05.08 [also 10.03]
  7. Sandra Bullock: 03.05, 10.06 [also 01.03]
  8. Rene Zellweger: 12.03, 02.07
  9. Natalie Portman: 02.04, 03.06
  10. Angelina Jolie: 02.04, 03.06
  11. Charlize Theron: 10.04, 10.07
  12. Kirsten Dunst: 07.04, 09.06
  13. Jennifer Connolly: 11.04, 10.07
  14. Cate Blanchett: 12.04, 11.06
  15. Sarah Jessica Parker: 09.05, 06.08
  16. Reese Witherspoon: 06.03, 11.06


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One Response to “Vogue: The Few. The Banal.”

  1. youcouldbelievethis Says:

    Aside from illustrating Vogue’s preference for white women, your collage finally settles the argument in my mind about who makes a better cover, actress or model. The model pics are waaay better.

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