There’s much to talk about in this month’s Vogue editions! If Vogue Paris is feeling left out with all that Vogue US talk lately, here’s something to make up for that: Milla Jovovich pictorial from Vogue Paris February 2013.
I wanted to add these images – upon their surfacing – to the original cover story. Except something changed my mind about that. The very pictorial. Clearly not what I expected. And as good as that may sound, the reality is much worse! Milla Jovovich is actually shooting her way through the entire pictorial. And that, in the light of recent events, just seems wrong. (more images after the jump)
Just the other day I was reading about a new shooting in New Mexico, a month after the Sandy Hook tragedy! And I’m not just naively thinking that this didn’t happen before, but that’s not to stop me from wanting all this to be over. All the violence!
And then, turning my eyes to fashion, what do I see? Tasteless catwalks like Philipp Plein’s? Dubious pictorials mixing couture and natural disasters? And now – Milla Jovovich pretending to hold two guns while posing for a Vogue Paris fashion pictorial? Reaaaally smart! And respectful.
I get it, though. From the outside, it must look like this. From the other side of the Ocean, people must look at what’s happening in the US and think that it’s a mad, mad, violent world. The mayor of one of US’ big cities declared one day (in December last year) that they went through an entire 24 – hours period without a single shooting. Or major crime happening! 24 hours straight! With nobody taking another human being’s life! Wow, that’s really outstanding! Respect, kindness – they don’t mean a thing in our world anymore.
What is Vogue Paris trying to do with this pictorial? Slap the US reality in the face? Because, as we all remember, Milla Jovovich is pretty much the ‘American dream came true’ (born in Ukraine and moved to the US, raised to be a movie star, Milla eventually became one. After making a name for herself in the modeling business) and essentially bound to action movie characters. Bringing her life and her career together for fashion purposes isn’t new or wrong. But in the perspective of the continuously rising violence in the US, especially gun – tied, Emmanuelle Alt’s pictorial – as aesthetically flawless as it may be, still is a moral fail in my perspective.