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Vogue‘s Patronizing Treatment of Asian Models

December’s issue of Vogue features a two-page spread of eight high-profile Asian models, photographed by the legendary Steven Meisel. The mag, which has never once featured an Asian model on the cover of its American edition, declares that the women featured are “redefining traditional concepts of beauty.”

As of Jen Wang of Disgrasian.com notes:

Which raises the question, “traditional concepts of beauty” where, exactly? Because there are plenty of places in the world where, traditionally speaking, Asian women have long been considered beautiful. Like in, um, Asia, for example? Even in Western countries, Asian beauty, for lack of a more specific term, isn’t a new concept.

Having given the Asian models a little pat on the head, Vogue will surely have us back to our regularly scheduled parade of white faces by next month’s issue.

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