Why Selena Gomez’s Vogue Magazine Spread is Actually Bad for Women
After months out of the spotlight, Selena Gomez is back in the picture! The 24-year-old took a break last year to address her health problems, but she was more than happy to appear on the latest cover of Vogue magazine. Like… no one’s gonna turn that down.
“Ok freaking out a little,” the “It Ain’t Me” singer captioned her Instagram of the cover (above), “Thrilled to share my first American @voguemagazine cover with you!”
She followed up the post by sharing a couple other shots from the spread:
The first of the two shots included the caption, “I want to thank Rob Haskell for writing my story. I was a little nervous at how honest I was but you depicted where I’m at perfectly. I’m so grateful @voguemagazine @mertalas @macpiggott ❤️”
The issue people are having, though, is with the writer of the piece, Rob, who completely turned her profile into an anti-feminist story. “This Month’s Vogue Cover Story Reduces Selena Gomez to a Fragile Archetype,” Jezebel wrote. “The profile, written by Rob Haskell, treats Gomez as an otherworldly creature; a woman who is scarred but not broken by love, made authentic by her fragility, and defined by ‘enchanting incongruities.'”
News Statesman adds that the piece is guilty of “infantilising, pathologising and sexualising her all at once.” And some members of the public seem to agree:
"selena gomez is a woman. she is tiny and weak. she has hair. it is my job as a man to protect her" – author of this vogue feature, probably pic.twitter.com/Vi8AfuGLoB
— nina braca ~ (@oreokitty_) March 16, 2017
listen @selenagomez i don't even like u like that, but your publicist was 100% not looking out for u/that piece was stunningly bad and gross
— Hunter Harris (@hunteryharris) March 17, 2017
“Why Are So Many Vogue Cover Stories Written by Men?” Jezebel questioned in a separate article, written in 2016. That question is definitely sifting through the air today.
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