People are furious that Vogue’s newest cover doesn’t include models who are fat enough or black enough.
The March edition features seven women of various ethnicities standing on a beach.
Readers were quick to point out that the cover can’t possibly celebrate “modern American women” because the models are far too skinny and far too white.
“This photo is so sad,” one user commented on Instagram. Others were more blunt in their criticism: “Still strong in the body shaming game! LIAR. If there ever will be a “revolution” in beauty vogue would be broke :D,” “Didn’t know revolutionaries could only be 5″11 and above with the acceptable level of melanin in their skin. So, so disappointing yet expected,” and “F*** you Vogue!”
@voguemagazine The cover should’ve been more inclusive w/variety of skin tones,sizes,heights & ages,as well as more diversity every month?
— BibaGirrrl (@BibaGirrrl) February 9, 2017
@voguemagazine What does “redefining beauty” mean when you have some of the most overused, most conventional-looking models on your cover?
— London Tipton (@LondonTiptonXo) February 9, 2017
@voguemagazine a bunch of lightskin slim women, nothing new here.
— chubby chica chillin (@MichelleIsWeird) February 9, 2017
Ashley Graham, the singular plus-sized model in the photo, said she “chose to pose” with her hand on her leg. “No one told me to do anything,” she said, according to CNN.
Critics allege Vogue photshopped Gigi Hadid’s hand to cover Graham’s stomach, and also made Imaan Hammam’s arm longer.
— Keegan Hewlett (@KeeganHewlett) February 9, 2017
— Kent Goertzen (@klgoertzen) February 10, 2017
@voguemagazine what happened to Gigi’s long arm and hand, odd
— Donna May (@donnamay1959) February 9, 2017
They may have a point about Vogue’s poor attempt at diversity, too. Forty percent of U.S. women are now obese, according to Time Magazine. While obesity in men has plateaued, women are getting bigger than ever. If Vogue truly wanted to capture the modern woman, approximately three of the seven models should be obese.