The Vogue Italia cover and fashion spread has raised eyebrows as it depicts the suffering caused due the Gulf oil spill. The spread features disturbing and explicit pictures of a model in oil-slicked rocks.
The spread, shot in Los Angeles by renowned photographer Steven Meisel, features several disturbing pictures of model Kristen McMenamy and her seaweed-like hair apparently suffering amid oil-slicked rocks evocative of the BP Gulf oil spill.
Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani understands the debate stretching from blogosphere to beaches and said the motivation is straightforward. She said the shoot reflects the magazine's effort to "find an idea that comes from real life."
"There is nothing political. There is nothing social. It's only visual. We gave a message but in a visual way just to take more care about nature," she told the Associated Press.The pictures have created quite a stir across the globe, especially on Twitter-verse. Some feel the magazine has gone too far without realising the gravity of the matter. Dodai Stewart, deputy editor of Jezebel didn't feel the story made a statement.
"I felt that they used the oil spill as a backdrop. There was one picture that had feathers. What makes a stronger statement about oil-slicked birds is an oil-slicked bird."
However, Miranda Lash, a curator at the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art defends the photos despite their disturbing quality. They "evoke pain and a feeling of loss and sadness because this is going to hurt my region for a very long time," she told AP.
The question that arises is whether its bringing light to the issue or making light of it.