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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! British Vogue Isn’t Racist, It Just Thinks We All Look Alike

June 17th, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

In December, American Vogue decreed that Asian models are all the rage. Six months later, British Vogue is saying the same thing in its June 2011 issue with Alexa Chung on the cover. (See what they did there? Asians, Asians, everywhere!) This is great and all–that Asians have become the new It Bag–but in hailing the so-called “rise of the Asian model,” British Vogue incorrectly identified Liu Wen, first Asian model to walk in a Victoria’s Secret show and be a face for Estee Lauder, as her Chinese compatriot Du Juan, first Asian model to appear on the cover of French Vogue.

Jezebel pointed out that this case of Mistasian Identity was uncovered the same day that Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! British Vogue Isn’t Racist, It Just Thinks We All Look Alike

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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]

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond

July 31st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

My sources tell me that the tagline on the Japanese poster for The September Issue, a highbrow feature doc exploring the inscrutable relationship between Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington of Vogue Magazine, translates to…

“Fashion- It is essential for life, and it shines me.”*

Um. I’m not sure what that sentence has to do with magazine publishing, or what it even means exactly… but boy, does it seem true!!! Fashion does shine me! I think!

[IMDB: The September Issue]

*Massive addendum: Reader Karan pointed out to us that the tagline of the film on this poster most certainly does not translate to anything about shining–a kernel of MISINFORMASIAN that we pulled directly from a PR flack’s outbox. As much as we hate to admit it, we were wrong. Shame on us for believing such nonsense! There’s a lesson to be learned: Don’t trust Diana’s sources!!!

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Anna Wintour Has an "Oriental" Face, Apparently

July 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The man responsible for Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s signature helmet bob is a Malaysian-born Londoner named–wait for it–Charlie Chan. Even though he’s a successful hairstylist, coiffing the likes of Wintour, Iman, and Simon Cowell, his Hardass Asian Mother would like him to get a better gig.

From the New Strait Times:

“My mother doesn’t like me to work with my hands. Failing to work in ophthalmology, she would rather that I become a politician. She prefers people to work for me, not the other way around,” says Charlie, as he expertly snips at the fringe of a client.

Although Chan has tried to get Wintour to change her hair in the past, he admits that the Devil Wears the Bob best.

(T)he bob suits her. It suits a certain face. It works best on a thin, Oriental face, a slim person.

We’re going to have to forgive him for the use of the word “Oriental,” since Chan’s a Brit, but Anna having an Asian face? I just don’t see it.

[The New Strait Times: The man behind the power bob]

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Chinchilla Attacks Anna Wintour’s Face at Vera Wang Store Opening

December 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


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