New Delhi, India (CNS) – Fashion magazine Vogue India has been receiving criticisms after they had featured real people wearing designer and luxury products on their 16-page special presentation in the August issue.
Maybe the editors had been aiming for a positive stance when they featured a barefoot man holding a $200 Burberry umbrella or a child in a poor family modeling a $100 Fendi bib, but critics saw it in a different light.
New Delhi newspaper columnist Kanika Gahlaut has been quoted by the New York Times saying that the editorial spread was “not just tacky but downright distasteful,” adding that it is an “example of vulgarity.”
So what really is the problem? Are they against real and average local folks modeling luxury products?
What critics have been complaining is that aside from the magazine editor’s failure to identify the names of the real people on the photos, India’s 456 million people earn an average of just less than $1.25 a day.
Gahlaut adds that there’s nothing “fun or funny” about a poor man in a mud hut wearing Alexander McQueen clothes.
However, Vogue India editor Priya Tanna has one advice to the critics: “Lighten up.”
She tells NY Times in a phone interview, “You have to remember with fashion, you can’t take it that seriously. We weren’t trying to make a political statement or save the world.”