Sunday, 7 September 2008

Vogue India's less than tasteful "poverty is fashionable" shoot

"An old woman missing her upper front teeth holds a child in rumpled clothes — who is wearing a Fendi bib" (retail price, about £50/$100)

486 million people in India are living on less than 65p ($1.25) per day.

A man models a Burberry umbrella in Vogue that costs about £100/$200.

These wonderfully stark contrasts are brought to you by Vogue India. In its “16-page vision of supple handbags, bejeweled clutches and status-symbol umbrellas, modeled not by runway stars or the wealthiest fraction of Indian society who can actually afford these accessories, but by average Indian people.”

Hey, after all, why buy actual food when you can spend the £100 that took you 178 days to earn copping that very pretty Burberry umbrella? Right, Vogue?


(Pictures from NYT)

Artist Nadia Plesner recently did a campaign for the starving in Darfur:

The image casts a Sudanese child from the troubled Darfur region in the role of Paris Hilton, complete with small pink-clad dog and designer handbag, in order to criticize the media's excessive coverage of attention-seeking celebutantes rather than genocidal conflict. In Nadia's words, "Since doing nothing but wearing designerbags and small ugly dogs appearantly is enough to get you on a magasine cover, maybe it is worth a try for people who actually deserves and needs attention."


Nadia's website: Click! Click! Click!

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