“Vogue Italia” has been a bit of a trendsetter in the sense of pushing back against the endless tide of white faces on the covers of fashion magazines in the West. The magazine’s editrix, Franca Sozzani, has pushed hard for the inclusion of Black models, for example, and it’s featured Black models on the cover before in addition to having an entire issue dedicated to Black women. Of course, it’s also run features mocking low-income Black and Latina women. So. There’s that. And that’s not the first time the publication has shown its ass when it comes to grossly racist content.
So I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Sozzani doesn’t think that racism is the problem with the lack of representation of women of color in fashion, or a problem at all, really. She’s spoken on numerous occasions about the underrepresentation of models of color in fashion, and her conclusions on the subject are, frankly, utterly weird.