Glamorizing Disablity

Vogue magazine for years has been at the forefront of the fashion industry and is truly a titan of the magazine world. However, even such a powerhouse can make mistakes, which is precisely what they did when they released their publicity campaign for the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Brazilian vogue issued the photo (below) on to their Instagram account, which the caption ‘We’re all Paralympians’.


Initially this may not appear to be an problem, however, the models depicted are in fact able bodied and have had their disabilities photo shopped into the picture.

Is this not the glamorization of disabilities? I refer back to Kylie Jenner’s spread in interview magazine, in which she was shown using a gold wheelchair as a prop to adorn the magazine’s front cover of their December 2015 issue. This again caused outrage as its notoriously hard for those with a disability to progress in the fashion industry, yet those who are able bodied are now using various equipment that is essential for some people’s everyday life and its’s suddenly edgy.

Kylie Jenner

I think this subject does echo some similarities with cultural appropriation (as discussed in an article earlier this month) in which it’s all about being respectful and mindful of those whom are affected by certain issues.

What are your views on this issue?

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