Disclaimer: My choice for the header picture is simple. The woman is Lauren Duca, the author of the article that I am writing about. Tucker Carlson, a male Fox news presenter makes a sexist remark towards her. All images are courtesy of Vogue Magazine Instagram and AOL.
Gone are the days of matching your lip-gloss shade to your stationary; Many publications and people alike have been shocked to find a surprising advocate for all things anti-Donald Trump: Teen Vogue. The destruction of Trump is a far cry from articles that used to be focused on how to impress that boy in your class. It shows an awareness of his lies and his warped sense of what politics actually is. You can read the compelling article here: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/donald-trump-is-gaslighting-america
But it is not just this one article that drags Trump. Lauren Duca and many other journalists for Teen Vogue have also targeted Pence. This displays an awareness for the LGBT readership which is refreshing.
The fashion world is starting to change. It was the first time in American Vogue’s history to publicly endorse Hilary Clinton as their preferred presidential candidate.
Fashion is notoriously associated with celebrity culture, consumerism, and the construction of perfection. This idea does still exist today. However, it is important to highlight its emerging political agendas. British Vogue publicly endorsed to stay in the European Union, citing the economic benefits. British Vogue is also reporting on the crisis in Aleppo. Vogue’s original purpose was not to report the crises of the world. Vogue does still publicise the latest clothes and beauty trends which is what made Vogue so popular. Successful magazines like I.D also address cultural and political issues such as diversity, cultural appropriation, capitalism vs the working classes. Personally, I find it incredibly important that magazines that address the way we dress are also addressing the political fabric of the world.
But why Teen Vogue? Why has this one article compelled the New York Times and The Guardian to write about it? Simply because no one expected this of a teenage fashion magazine. Well perhaps not the older generation. But it has been shown that the younger generation are far more politically astute (which we should be!). The majority of millennials did not want Trump, nor Brexit, but even though some of our generation did vote for this it shows a distrust in western government that clearly needs to be addressed.
Fashion now projects an idea of a strong unified womanhood that I think holds considerable weight in its industry. Activism is not just a trend, or a FAD, that will eventually fade away in a few seasons. It is far more than that. Activism is and if not more timeless than the little black dress.