Love’s third “Fashion Icons” issue has eight covers depicting eight supermodels in the same naked pose. They are Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy, Lara Stone, Janeil Williams, Natalia Vodianova, Kristen McMenamy, and Amber Valletta. They were chosen because they represent “the ideal of beauty in fashion today,” according to British Vogue. And Love editor Katie Grand explains that these women were not only chosen and shot naked because that sort of thing sells magazines and gets attention. It goes deeper than that.
“For this issue of LOVE, we took eight women who are generally acknowledged as the most beautiful in the world, got them to show off their bodies — widely regarded as the most perfect in the world — and photographed them all in exactly the same position for the cover,” LOVE’s editor-in-chief Katie Grand told VOGUE.COM. “We did this to show how much they differed physically from one another, which is why we also printed their measurements.”
Grand said the varying measurements of these women prove that “‘perfection’ is not fixed, timeless or transcendent.” So the message is that girls don’t have to look the same to be beautiful? But beauty is still generally very tall, very skinny, and essentially flawless? If we feel this good about ourselves looking at these covers, how great will we feel when the issue drops in a week (February 8) and the measurements are revealed?
Beauty Stripped Bare [Vogue UK]