Regardless of how you feel about the show GIRLS on hbo, you gotta admit it was pretty rad to find out that Glamour’s February issue was entirely created by women. That’s incredibly cool in an age where, in some segments of the magazine’s production, men still outnumber women (its sole audience!) two to one. Wild, huh?
So I’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:
Fashionista’s article about this notes that every outfit is Marc Jacobs — which apparently means the issue did not extend its embrace to using only female designers, or at least using one on the cover, which seems like a big oversight. And unfortunately, nothing about Marc Jacobs’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 aren’t a female force; if there’s an argument that they’re a subversive statement on the beauty standards imposed on female feet, I’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.
It’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 would’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. Here’s to seeing more of it in the future. My criticisms aren’t to discredit what Glamour has attempted to achieve here. I just believe they can be even better next time.
Onward & upwards.