Vogue Declares Cleavage Dead, Promptly Gets Slammed On Social Media
Big boobs aren’t a fashion trend, Vogue.
In an article entitled ‘Desperately seeking cleavage’ in the December issue of British Vogue, writer Kathleen Baird-Murray debated whether big cleavages have ‘gone out of fashion’ and high necklines and flatter chests are ‘in’.
‘The tits will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter,’ Baird-Murray declared.
After Vogue put the topic to a vote online, many women took to social media to condemn the ‘fashion bible’, saying their breasts aren’t a fashion trend, but body parts that shouldn’t be put in the same category as flared jeans.
Vogue has apparently said breasts are no longer fashionable. That is not how bodies work fam
— Leah Ocarina (@OcarinaLink24) November 2, 2016
the fact that vogue is saying cleavage is out when some people can’t even help it and how is that even a fashion trend ?
— 🔪 (@hazoffisdead) November 2, 2016
Others have pointed out how damaging Vogue’s advocacy of ever-changing ‘ideal’ body types is for women who are trying to conform to the trends.
As every woman who got a boob job due to the pressures of magazines like Vogue stares down at her now unfashionable cleavage ( . )Y( . ) https://t.co/ElF4aWewMC
— Michele @ Blizzcon (@michelemorrow) November 2, 2016
And many sarcastic tweets showed the ridiculousness of the cleavage debate.
I’m glad Vogue has declared the cleavage over because it gives me ample time to get rid of my old boobs and get new ones from Topshop
— Holly Baxter (@h0llyb4xter) November 2, 2016
This isn’t the first time Vogue has been met with a backlash for an article on ‘trending’ body parts. In 2014, the magazine declared we live in the ‘era of big booties’, crediting white women, such as Iggy Azalea, for the big bottom trend and attracting instant debate on social media, where readers pointed out Vogue‘s ignorance and exclusion of bBlack women.
While the cleavage feature arguably gives women with smaller breasts a confidence boost, it is fairly safe to say the magazine shouldn’t debate the relevance of body parts in any context, and should probably just stick to writing about actual fashion.
Comment: Do you think Vogue went too far with this article?