Vogue Magazine: Asian Women Are Beautiful (Finally)!

November 16th, 2010 | 11 comments | Posted by Jen

The December issue of American Vogue has a fashion story on a “new crop” of Asian models–never mind that most of them have been around for several years–who are, quoth the lady mag, “redefining traditional concepts of beauty.”

Which raises the question, “traditional concepts of beauty” where, exactly? Because there are plenty of places in the world where, traditionally speaking, Asian women have long been considered beautiful. Like in, um, Asia, for example? Even in Western countries, Asian beauty, for lack of a more specific term, isn’t a new concept (although, granted, sometimes, it’s a creepy, fetishy one.)

And since that covers 3/4 of the world’s population, what’s left?

Vogue magazine, that’s what.

Let’s think about this for a second: American Vogue has never featured an Asian model on its cover in its 40-plus years of featuring models on its cover (unless you count Blasian Naomi Campbell). American Vogue also has a dismal track record when it comes to featuring non-white models in general. So, by featuring a “new” crop of Asian models in its pages, American Vogue is “redefining traditional concepts of beauty” held by…American Vogue.

That’s enough self-referentiality to make an Asian chick’s fauxhawk spin right off of her suddenly-pretty head.

[via Daily Intel]

Thanks, Jasmine!

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11 Responses to “Vogue Magazine: Asian Women Are Beautiful (Finally)!”

  1. Jenny Rain says:

    “Redefining traditional concepts of beauty” because they’re dressed like rich socialites and sporting rocker hair? They somehow managed to make some very attractive Asian models look like a flock of birds sans unique looks and personalities. Thumbs up, Vogue?

  2. Teamrobhogg says:

    How does one redefine traditional concepts of anything?

  3. Jen says:

    @Teamrobhogg By redefining the concept of a “traditional concept”?

  4. Hello Kitty says:

    The Devil can wear Prada and have gorilla-sized bodyguards fireman carry her down the stairs, but I won’t let her define my awesomeness. And I can work a stiletto heel on the stairs. * double snap*

  5. Hello Kitty says:

    BTW I do NOT want to claim Naomi Campbell as one of ours. She is a species unto herself. Mean witch.

  6. Jen says:

    @Hello Kitty Preach! Also: Yes, I hear Naomi’s been a free agent in the racial draft for quite some time now.

  7. PoweredByRice says:

    Hey hey hey, I thought we all agreed at the last All-Hands Asian meeting that we were gonna keep Naomi’s Asian heritage a SECRET.

  8. Jojo says:

    They must be patting themselves on the back for being so enlightened.

  9. chusandy says:

    Haha. Awesome post. And how come they have to look weird? Whenever they do the top models it’s usually a standard shoot with evening wear and nice hair, not “fashionable”…it’s like they are acknowledging Asians, but as another alien being.

  10. [...] of Jen Wang of Disgrasian.com notes: Which raises the question, “traditional concepts of beauty” where, exactly? [...]

  11. [...] the face of the brand), the idea that Asian women are redefining traditional beauty is problematic. As Disgrasion asks, traditional beauty where? Asian women have been considered traditionally beautiful in Asia for, [...]

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