Aug
05
2009

Women's Mags Rife With Phony 'Body Acceptance'

Editorial cartoonist Mikhaela Reid has a new drawing (Women In Media & News, 7/29/09) in reaction to the fact that even Vogue has an annual "Shape" issue where they patronizingly allow someone as (*GASP*) huge as Beyonce or Kate Winslet on the cover in addition to their usual sub-zero model roundupâ┚¬Ã‚¦ then offer drastic dieting tipsâ┚¬Ã‚¦ all while mysteriously claiming to promote body acceptance. With faux-enthusiasm, Reid implores you, "don't miss the small print under the 'LOVE YOUR BODY!' headlines," which feature "LOSE Belly fat, TIGHTEN thighs" in Essence, "Your Thinner, Taller, Just-Right Wardrobe" on the cover of InStyle and […]

Feb
16
2009

Vogue's Credibility–and Howard Kurtz's

In the same column (2/16/09) that he cites Sam Donaldson's reputation as a "blowhard liberal," the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has an item in which he complains that "the Vogue cover story on Michelle Obama, by editor at large André Leon Talley, is nothing if not laudatory." Kurtz writes: The Talley article mentions briefly that Obama showed up "at a fundraiser I co-hosted last year." That would be a $1,000-a-head fundraiser–"An Evening With Michelle Obama"–also hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and designer Calvin Klein. Wouldn't the story have had more credibility if written by someone who hadn't helped the […]