The Importance of Vogue’s New Inclusive Covers

The Importance of Vogue’s New Inclusive Covers

“Nothing is more fashionable than inclusivity”. Sinead Burke just dropped the latest British Vogue article and we couldn’t wait any longer to tell you ALL about it.

Aaron Rose Philip, a trans woman with rich skin and dark hair, wears a black silk-devoré dress, Del Core. Satin shoes, Miu Miu. Ear cuffs (left and top right), Alexander McQueen. Ear cuff (bottom right), HermèS, Adama Jalloh

It comes as British Vogue has been applauded for a groundbreaking edition which encourages & promotes people with disabilities. The recent May edition is the subject of “Reframing Fashion”, and the front page stars include Sinead Burke, Selma Blair, Aaron Rose aphilop, Fatima Timbo, Ellie Goodstein ans Justina Miles.

Ellie Goldstein, a woman with fair skin and brown hair wears red double crêpe dress, Emilia Wickstead. Leather shoes, Gucci, Adama Jalloh

Initially, it is explained that “Vogue’s Forces for Changes September” 2019 issue enlighted the world as it hosted the first little person to appear on any Vogue cover. Obviously, this was a huge step & progress for the industry to shine light on a serious topic. She explains that it was an “opportunity to expand the definition of beauty and agency”.

Sinead Burke, a short stature woman with fair skin and short brown hair wars a black floral dress and cape.

Editto-in-chief Edward Enninful discusses the matter was an important and long-overdue education for all- and provided us numerous concepts that we should and will carry out into the future. The most important being the magazine cover which poses the question “We all engage with fashion, but does fashion engage with all of us?”. He proceeds to state that the industry, notable including Vogue, must tackle this issue in order “to better serve the Disabled community”.

Rosaline, a woman with fair skin and brunette hair, wears pink glasses. She sits in a power wheelchair wearing a red Satin kaftan dress, Michael Kors Collection. Gold-vermeil earrings, Agmes. Tights and boots, Rosaleen’s own, Adama Jalloh

Vogue collaborated closely with accessibility consultant Tilting the Lens to create this issue whilst Sinead stating that she hopes it will convey a “call to action for much-needed reform in other parts of the fashion industry”.

Fatima, a short stature woman with a rich skin tone and brown braided hair, wears a white Broderie anglaise dress, Erdem. Patent-leather and leather shoes, Jimmy Choo. White-gold and diamond ear cuff, Jessie Thomas, Adama Jalloh

You may have noticed, one of our original models, Fatima Timbo represented here. Fatima, who has dwarfism, is breaking stereotypes and showing the world that height is just a number. She has always been passionate about modelling and has used her platform to inspire others to follow their dreams.Grabbing the attention of many, this recent issue has been widely noticed and we couldn’t be more happy to see an underrepresented group get the recognition they deserve. With one fan writing “British Vogue issue featuring disabled icons”. Another also describes the cover as “beautiful and perfect”.

Jessika, a woman with rich skin and brunette wavy hair, wears a cobalt blue Knit midi-dress, Roland Mouret. Gold and diamond pendant necklace, Jessie Thomas. Silver, gold, lacquer and topaz ring, Alice Cicolini, Adama Jalloh 

It is essential to have disability representation in the fashion industry because it is a powerful tool to create change. People with disabilities have long been excluded from the fashion industry due to narrow-mindedness and lack of representation. But now, with these covers, we can see that the fashion industry is becoming more inclusive, and that's a great thing.

Representation is critical in breaking down harmful disability taboos and stereotypes in the fashion industry. It challenges the narrative that disabled people are not beautiful, fashionable or stylish. It sends a message to the world that everyone deserves to feel confident and beautiful, regardless of their body shape or ability.


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