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Seventeen months after Vogue ran a disastrously-timed profile of Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syria’s ruthless dictator, hailing her as “the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” the author of the article, journalist Joan Juliet Buck has written a damning piece for Newsweek telling her side of the story.
Anna Wintour and Vogue have been under fire since February 2011 for a profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad, which glorified her opulent lifestyle and dubbed her “a rose in the desert”. Wintour, who has been mum about the controversy since the story was pulled from the Vogue site almost immediately after it was published, has finally issued a statement.
Remember a few months ago, smack dab in the middle of what we’re now calling the Arab Spring, Vogue published that buttery profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad? Well, Asma has fled her protest-torn country, and now any attempts to get to that story on Vogue’s website are met with a hyper-branded Vogue error message (The content you’re looking for cannot be found!) that features Sasha Pivovarova doing some serious mean mugging.