Friday Faux Pas: Vogue Italia’s Oily Editorial

Really, Steve Meisel? Really now? Models covered in fake oil, spitting out feathers, while wearing expensive couture? Is that supposed to be shocking, or is it mostly tasteless? I lean towards the second. Are we really supposed to look at this photoshoot and admire the beautiful oil-stained clothes? Are we supposed to glamorize oil slicked hair and feathers galore? Am I not getting something?

While the oil is still gushing into the Gulf, tone deaf editorials as this Vogue Italia spread make me really question whether some people would do just about anything to attract some attention. And though this oily shoot is nothing much but slime, I guess if any press is good press, I think their mission is accomplished.

What do you guys think? Am I being too harsh? Is this not insensitive, but creative? Let me know in the comments.


  1. says

    I don’t think you’re being too harsh at all. In fact, I think you were being too nice. This is beyond tasteless. I know for many people they don’t think about the lives lost from the gulf spill but trying to glamorize an event which was devastating to millions of creatures who had no choice but to die as a result is disgusting.

  2. says

    Sharon, I really don’t get the feeling that this editorial is trying to bring attention to the issue, as much as they are trying to be shocking and bring attention to themselves. Thanks for your point of view though :)

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