Vogue Picks its Battles
So apparently Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley was on "Oprah" last week and commented that editor-in-chief Anna Wintour "does not like fat people".
"Most of the Vogue girls are so thin, tremendously thin, because Miss Anna don't like fat people," the 56-year-old Talley, who's not so svelte himself, confided to a surprised Winfrey about his boss, Vogue's editor in chief.
The official reply has been relegated to the back pages and small headlines of most newspapers. Sandy Schaffer of the New York NAAFA chapter called Talley out on it and said she plans to lead a protest at the offices of Conde Nast - publishers of Vogue.
Oh, but wait! Waaaait. Talley was just concerned about all of us! Yeah, yeah, that's it. Here's what he said to the Daily News:
...Talley frantically backpedaled: "I do apologize if I offended anyone. What I should have said is that Anna is very concerned about people's weight because of the health issue. And, as I was fat, I was really talking about myself. I in no way wanted to imply that fat people were not acceptable."
Concerned! The health issue! You know - that one! Right. Ah, so see? The editor-in-chief of Vogue, one of the largest and most popular fashion magazines on the planet controlling a large chunk of the unrealistic images we see in the media, doesn't feature fat people in her magazine because she's concerned about our health. That makes all the sense in the world. I'm glad that got cleared up.
What a load of crap. While I'm not entirely sure the comment was as destructive as, say, telling your patient she'll never marry because she's fat, Talley is digging a hole for himself and Vogue here. Concerned about our health? The only thing Talley's concerned about is his magazine's image. That's all.