Vogue Dropped the Ball with Adele’s Fashion Spread!

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So the March issue of Vogue put singer extraordinaire Adele on its cover. The zaftig bombshell with the voice of honeyed razors picked up no less than six Grammys this month, and the cover shot of Adele is a stunner though it appears her waist was whittled a bit AKA Photo Shopping for the stars.

But here’s my real beef: Month in and month out Vogue puts their cover girls through a massive fashion lay out. We spare no word count on the accompanying article—often they run 3K words and are lavished with an additional six to eight pages of fashion photos in which the coveted star is shot in 8 different designer duds in a host of thought-provoking shots on some magical mystery locale we can only dream about.

So it was with Taylor Swift on the February cover, the January Meryl Streep cover and the December Charlize Theron cover. Each of these beauties got the requisite pages of fashion photography complete with overpriced designer ware and the best photo shoot possible.

So why we ask Vogue did Adele garner only one single photo? Yup, one stunning sultry-lit photo wearing an embroidered black top and marigold colored ball gown by Oscar de la Renta while sprawled on a suede tufted Victorian sofa. Oh there is a playful headshot where her head takes up the entire page, but um, was my issue missing the rest of the fashion layout?

The one picture is simply gorgeous. The photographer is obviously present, Adele is obviously made up to the nines, and we would guess some designer could actually step up and clothe her, no? Mr. de la Renta not withstanding.

So we beg, why is it that Adele only gets a paltry one photo fashion layout?

Can anyone at Vogue explain the rationale? None of the world’s 50 plus designers could step up and provide clothing for the shoot? The photographer had a previous commitment? Vogue fashion editors were too busy that week? Ms. Wintour had a tennis match?

Honestly Vogue, I’d really love to know why it appears that every actress, singer and celeb including Oprah, more than a decade ago, gets an honest-to-God fashion celeb spread, which your magazine is credited with creating, but the Brit beauty gets one single shot?

Two decades ago before Wintour put Kim Bassinger and later Winona Ryder and Julia Roberts on the cover and shot a celeb fashion spread to envy, no one even used celebs to model clothing.

You had the world watching how you would handle styling a beautiful curvy woman, and you dropped the ball entirely.

Shame on you, Vogue!

Next time watch the Oscars and see how women like Octavia Spencer, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah or Melissa McCarthy wear couture.

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About stilettonation

Jennifer Nelson is a writer working on Stiletto Nation: Inside the Perfumed Pages of the Women's Magazine Industry to be published Fall of 2012 by Seal Press. Stop in and read about the great, the awful and the insane in the fragrant pages of the women's glossies.

2 responses »

  1. Great observation. Really makes you think on how curvy women, even those talented and famous are being treated. Beauty comes in many forms and fashion. I hope Vogue and all the rest will consistently treat all their cover girls with the grace and respect. Well done!

  2. Agree totally! Id love to see more diversification for curvy women in the mags. We all aren’t or want to be size 0 so why don’t magazines embrace that? Thanks so much for the comment!;-)

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