This is something I had to sit on and think if I’m really going to even bring up, let alone write a full-length story about it. But I just had to: I wouldn’t have felt honest about my fashion perspective otherwise.
See, I’m really a fortunate fashionista: I only talk about what I like and what interests me. I reminded you about my appreciation for Joan Smalls and Anja Rubik, Liya Kebede falls into the same category of models I like, women I actually look up to. Having her in a fashion magazine is so big for me, I usually cover her pictorials, meaningful or not.
Her grace, beauty and dedication make her special way beyond her beautiful physical appearance. Yes she’s an iconic model. But she’s also a wife, a mother and an activist. And here, a cover girl: for Amica April 2013. Bleached out and unrecognizable.
To my greatest sadness and disappointment. Especially since the inside story seems to be praising Liya’s work and engagement in her humanitarian projects, her life as a mother and wife, the values she’s fighting for! How is it possible to authorize such a pictorial without anticipating the possible backslash from the fash-population or from mere amateurs like myself?
I believe in honesty. I fight for optimism and joy in fashion more than I care to promote the monsters within. I trust that we can all be sincere with ourselves and the world we’re living in so that unfortunate distortions of the reality (like this one here) can’t be possible or accepted anymore. Sadly… they are: possible. Published. Spread. Why? Where’s beauty in conformity and uniformity, in dishonesty and distortion?
I even tried Driu and Tiago’s website, the photographers responsible for this Amica and still none the luckier: the same embarrassing amounts of Photoshop and bleaching applied on their photos and published in this issue of Amica.