Most of Vogue Italia‘s covers are stunning, but the cover for the June 2011 issue is absolutely breathtaking — and not only because the magazine’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani chose to put three plus-sized models on it.
Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley fill the cover with their beauty, styled by Edward Enninful and shot by Steven Meisel. The trio lounges around a table set with bowls full of pasta (Terry Richardson, much?) clad in sexy black lingerie. Sozzani’s goal with the cover is to speak out against anorexia — she’s even started a petition to shut down websites that promote anorexia.
Sozzani is using a beautiful image to combat an ugly problem, and that’s generally something we can get behind, though it’s worth mentioning that anorexia very rarely has anything to do with food. That said, the women on this cover are so beautiful as to make their size a moot point — but also such that you could still accuse Sozzani of doing the same thing fashion editors around the world do every day: fostering an unrealistic standard of beauty. Still, baby steps are better than no steps at all.