For those of you who follow Vogue Italia’s content and covers, you must check the latest cover for September issue. It’s clear that shock tactics are their specialty as they seem on insist on provocative items.
This time, the glossy magazine’s September shoot is simply dark and Gothic with a ‘Avant-Garde’ themed styling. Featuring Stella Tennant, 40 and mother of four, they want to pay homage to Ether Granger, a lover of corsets and facial piercings who tightened her midriff and waist to epically tiny proportions.
On this cover by Steven Meisel, Stella is wearing a dark Prada gabardine coat and sports a gypsy-style nose ring as she holds scissors aloft and ready to cut. Her waist in cinched to a freakish 13-inches!!!! The British model even appears to sport a lip stud – a small pearl that mimics Granger’s experiments with facial piercing. As you can see, the shoot has a certain Tim Burton-style darkness asTennant is transported to another era, her dark stained lips and cold expression adding to the eerie feel.
The cover is sure to shock readers especially after Vogue Italia was recently forced to apologize after publishing a story in which on-trend hoop earrings were called ‘slave’ earrings.
About Ether Granger:
The wonderfully eccentric Granger experimented with looks that were way ahead of her time, variously sporting large tribal-style nose rings, cheek and lip studs and multiple earrings decades before it was common for women to even pierce their ear lobes. She lived from 1905-1982 and still holds the Guinness world record for smallest modified waist, clocking in at just 13-inches (this is too shocking!).
As for the corset on Vogue’s cover, it was made by Deborah Milner and we’re fully aware of the number of modifications that they had to go through to make Stella’s waist so ridiculously thin.
It is the practice of wearing a corset that has been tightly laced to shape the body to the desired figure of the wearer. This practice has been in effect since the 16th century and endured as a part of the fashionable wardrobe until the French Revolution in 1789 when the empire waist become the fashionable style of the day. In spite of the known physical harm directly related to corseting, the practice continued well into the 20th century. Published medical texts have been documenting potential risks including effects on the heart, lungs, circulation, breasts, stomach, liver, colon, uterus, muscles, gall bladder, and other organs.
I strongly believe that featuring a 13-inch waist on this cover (in the name of fashion and art) can sound perilously close to exhaulting a boney body.
What do you readers think about that?