Regardless of how you feel about the show GIRLS on hbo, you gotta admit it was pretty rad to find out that Glamourâ€™s February issue was entirely created by women. Thatâ€™s incredibly cool in an age where, in some segments of the magazineâ€™s production, menÂ still outnumber women (its sole audience!) two to one. Wild, huh?
So Iâ€™ll raise my bra to Glamour for this initiative, but I have three major concerns.
- The fashion featured on the cover is all Marc Jacobs. (Need I say more?) Go Fug Yourself elaborates:
Fashionistaâ€™s article about this notes thatÂ every outfit is Marc Jacobs â€” which apparently meansÂ the issue did not extend itsÂ embrace toÂ using only femaleÂ designers, or at least using one on the cover, which seems like a big oversight. And unfortunately, nothing about Marc Jacobsâ€™s designs here imbues much strength, or suggests anything tremendously confident to me, thus yielding a cover that is ridiculous and costumey and punctuated by the worst of shoes. (Those things arenâ€™t a female force; if thereâ€™s an argument that theyâ€™re a subversive statement on the beauty standards imposed on female feet, Iâ€™m not buying it.)
2. One of the main photoshoot themes was “fashionable slumber party” SLUMBER PARTY. (****insert one million eyerolls here****)
3. I wish they had showcased more of ALL the women involved, including the journalist who interviewed them. Go Fug Yourself just gets it.
Itâ€™s a show created by a woman and with another female showrunner, both of whom direct many episodes as well. That thing is not male-gazing all over town, and in fact, I wish Jenni Konner had been included on the cover. She conducted the interview, and having her present wouldâ€™ve neatly underscored that the brains behind the scenes are just as aspirational and vital as the ones in front of the camera.
But, all in all, it was a relatively refreshing initiative from Glamour. Hereâ€™s to seeing more of it in the future. My criticisms arenâ€™t to discredit whatÂ Glamour has attempted to achieve here. I just believe they can be even better next time.
Onward & upwards.