Recently, Vogue came under fire for their diversity issue featuring white model Karlie Kloss as a geisha.
This instance of yellow face is indicative of a wider problem: cultural appropriation. The fashion world takes aspects of POC style and culture and divorces them from their identity; it’s rare for POC to actually be featured in their own style. So imagine our surprise when we saw Vogue’s 125th Anniversary Issue features badass Chicanas and Latinas from East Los Angeles.
Excerpt from Vogue.Com— “Across the Southwest and especially in L.A., retro references have long been a vital element of Latina style. But throwback looks are not merely data points in fashion’s larger recycling of eras, cuts, and proportions.
‘A lot of young Chicanos want to connect to their history,’ explained John Carlos De Luna, a vintage clothing dealer and the owner of Barrio Dandy Vintage, a showroom in Boyle Heights.
‘Inherently they’re connecting to an America that didn’t really accept them, an America that looked down on them. There’s such power in that— to own that history.’
‘I love the stuff my mom used to be into in high school,’ Sailor Gonzalez, one of the interviewees, told Vogue. ‘I love the dramatic cholita eye makeup that my tías and mom used to wear. I find comfort when people feel nostalgic when they see my outfit.’ As our community heals and reflects, we reconnect with (or in some cases, newly discover) our history. Latinx and Chicanx youth imitating older styles are reaching out through history to connect with an America that’s never accepted us.'”
We’re pleasantly surprised by this insightful and accurate spread from Vogue. But don’t think we won’t side eye them for future grievances.