Rare wide mountain roots, long distances and slender eyes. Is this what Asians look like in the eyes of Westerners? On March 3, a photo of Qizhen Gao, a girl, was shared on VOGUEs official Instagram, which triggered a discussion among netizens about stereotypes and cultural diversity in Western fashion circles.
VOGUE, regarded as the World Fashion Treasure, has always been one of the most important fashion magazine brands in the world. It is loved by fashion fans all over the world. The photos released by its official Instagram are often the aesthetic vane of the fashion world. On March 3, VOGUEs U.S. official Instagram released a picture of an Asian girl with unusually wide roots, long distances and slender eyes. The tagline next to the picture says, Qizhen Gao has a unique attraction.
Qizhen Gao was born in Shanghai and majored in textile design at London Fashion College, according to VOGUE American Edition. She was unearthed accidentally in the school canteen during her lunch break. I never thought I would be a model before I moved to London, she said. One of the photographers who found her was working as an assistant at Anti-Agency, which prided itself on breaking traditional aesthetics, and it turned out that she was a good model. Anti may be a derogatory term in some areas, but in terms of fashion and models, I think it challenges the standards of popular aesthetics.
However, as soon as the photo was released, there was a heated discussion on the Internet. The opinions of netizens mainly revolve around whether this photo is discriminatory or not, whether it is a high-level face or a stereotyped impression of Chinese appearance by foreign media.
Originally this girl looks very special, but also this angle to shoot, not to make people ugly strange. Some Netizens feel that VOGUE seems to be intentionally to shoot the girl ugly.
Some netizens saw the stereotyped impression of Asian Americans in the western media from the photos. They thought it was cultural hegemony and even rose to discrimination against Asian Americans.
However, not everyone agrees that the photograph is discriminatory, and they are more in favor of viewing it as a kind of pluralism that does not conform to the mainstream aesthetics.
According to fashion blogger @iDest, VOGUEs original asingular appearance (a unique attraction) has made it clear that since the word singular is used, it is not oriental, nor western, it belongs to the girls own unique, there is no need to wear the discrimination against Asians hat.
The blogger also cited some examples to prove that VOGUE and Western fashion brands have more than once launched models that do not conform to popular aesthetics.
VOGUE recently shared photos of Tilila, who has many freckles on her face.
VOGUE USA Edition shares Tililas photos in Instagram on February 27
Lily McMenamy appeared on the Marc Jacobs Fall and Winter Show in 2013, causing a heated discussion. She has a unique appearance symbol: the ever-slightly open lips and two big rabbit teeth. Lily is also the daughter of Kristen McMenamy, the legendary Supermodel of the 1990s.
Lily McMenamy (right) in Marc Jacobs ads
There is also cock-eye model Moffy, whose appearance has also led to media discussions about self-confidence.
Moffy, a model with cockfighting eyes
Netizens also mentioned Winnie Harlow, a model with vitiligo, who was the first vitiligo model to appear on the Victoria Secret New York Show last year.
Winnie Harlow, a model of vitiligo
Ashley Graham, a large-scale model favored by the fashion world, is also listed. Ashley Graham is much heavier than the average model, but he has appeared on the covers of VOGUE, BAZAAR and other international fashion magazines for many times. It is a special phenomenon on the covers of shows and magazines.
It can be seen that in recent years, there are many models with unique appearance in the fashion industry. They may not meet the general aesthetic requirements of the public for models, but they also arouse peoples attention to aesthetic diversification. People began to learn to accept the beauty of defects, recognize the existence of these minorities, and respect their recognition and self-confidence. This not only gives these models more opportunities, but also allows society to see more inclusiveness and possibilities.
Previously, an advertisement of ZARA, a well-known Spanish fashion brand, was criticized by some netizens for its freckled Chinese models, and even went up to the level of humiliating China. The China Youth Daily commented on the issue that the concept of humiliating China should not be abused.
The commentary points out that the sensitivity to this advertisement is essentially the sensitivity to the truth. With the proliferation of over-polished beauty photos on the Internet, it is becoming more and more difficult for people to accept that they have not experienced PS faces, and to appreciate those real but imperfect beauty. Some people can see Li Jingwens unique beauty, while others can interpret humiliating China. This contrast itself is the torture of our aesthetic system.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Wang Zheng_N7526