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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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Our favorite Ragin’ Blasian Naomi Campbell graces the cover of the January 2009 Vogue China, and bitch looks good. I mean, obviously, right?
But if you do a simple blog search for this cover, you’ll find a few people who think Naomi looks a little off. One blogger cited her cheeks, another thought her eyes looked rounder, and another went the other way and wrote:
“Probably they airbrushed her face or something, but she looks Chinese! And we’re not sure that it’s all that aesthetically pleasing. Too weird looking, perhaps. There are beautiful Chinese women and there is the striking Naomi, but combining the two, doesn’t seem to have had the desired effect this time.“
Oh really? Well, newsflash: Naomi is part-Chinese. And her “weird looking” features (read: mixed) account in large part for why Naomi’s the only super from the 80′s still working. And, don’t look now, but I think there’s a phone being hurtled at your so-called “normal looking” face.