After reading your recent digital article, I felt compelled to address your antiquated ideology of what the fashion industry standard should or shouldn’t follow. Fashion has always been a focal point of the visual art’s community. Art has always had the responsibility to create conversation, make people think, evolve over time and reincarnate itself. As we embark on a new way of maintaining current communication, knowledge and information with the digital space, should we not welcome such a modern opportunity to engage one another in all fields?
The marriage between art and commerce has been a cornerstone of the fundamental success for this artistic medium. For brands, designers and publications (such as Vogue) the ability to wed art and commerce is the goal. Without commerce, art becomes obsolete, and there is no artist. To be audaciously opposed to the trajectory that the new age of influence proposes, shows a lack of creativity and innovation that one would not expect from a publication such as yourself.
The hypocrisy is glaringly obvious, from your conversion to the digital space with Vogue.com, your presence on social media, to your Vogue Events sector that pays said “influencers, bloggers, noteables”, etc to endorse and promote brand partnerships with advertisers. More importantly and upsetting than the hypocrisy, lack of forward thinking for the industry you support and its artists, is your blatant criticism of women and the exclusion of them. How grossly and wholly disappointing is it to see adult women fall to the lowly standards of bullying, name calling and insecure petty exclusion? In a time where women have the biggest voice they’ve ever had and have a platform to cultivate change, you’ve chosen to speak out against it. You have spoken out against women who created a voice for themselves, who have revitalized an industry, who have integrated themselves as a necessity to a world that craves innovation and to young female entrepreneurs who took what they loved and created a space for themselves and a business that didn’t exist.
I for one am not offended, but sadly reminded that even in a time where we have the first woman running for President there are still people who say women can’t be allowed to do anything. This article was as bad as any man challenging a woman’s ability based on her sex. It was as mysoginistic and sexist and agist as anything I’ve ever read. I hope the younger women who read this publication are able to ignore the vicious attack that was made on any young girl who has an idea to go against the grain and create something new and different for themselves.
I end by asking you this Vogue editors: when you decided to get dressed up, apply for your role at Vogue so you could parade around in luxury labels and sit front row at fashion shows, travel the world and discuss art, were you no different than the young girls you are attacking?