The September 2017 issue of Vogue Italia will feature three different cover variations: Two will show a moment of intimacy between same-sex couples and a third will do the same with a straight couple.
The male-on-male cover will show a near kiss between real-life couple of Edoardo Velicskov and Pablo Rousson, and the female-on-female cover will show a kiss between Lily Aldridge and Vittoria Ceretti. The third cover will show a kiss between Carla Boscono and Federico Spinas.
Here’s a look at all three upcoming Vogue Italia covers:
#Repost @mertalas Thank you for having us ! ❤️ ・・・ B A C I O ? kiss is kiss ?september issue of new Italian vogue with @lil.pabs and @e_velicskv ⭐ styled by @alastairmckimm ?Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 ?#thenewvogueitalia #itsallaboutitaly #mertandmarcus @vogueitalia Hair @cyndiaharvey makeup @isamayaffrench sets @andrea_stanley_ #onelove
|| And here we are! That's the reason why I started modelling and the result of a long way to a new beginning? Couldn't ask for anything better! So here is my first cover ever for @vogueitalia the biggest magazine in the world, with the muse @iosonomariacarlaboscono ??? shoot by the legendary @mertalas and @macpiggott ⭐️ styled by @alastairmckimm ? Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 ? #thenewvogueitalia #vogueitalia #mariacarlaboscono #mertandmarcus #federicospinas Hair @cyndiaharvey makeup @isamayaffrench @andrea_stanley_ ?? Special thanks to the casting directors @pg_dmcasting and @samuel_ellis ⭐️?? #dreamcometrue #loveislove #italiansdoitbetter #septemberissue @ilovemodelsmngt ||
Vogue Italia is featuring a gay kiss because Italy is lagging on LGBTQ rights
While such covers might seem passé in liberated Italy — didn’t the Italians invent romance after all? — Italy doesn’t have same-sex marriage, a consequence of the Catholic headquarters residing within its borders. The country also lacks nationwide anti-discrimination laws ensuring LGBTQ protections in work and public accommodations as well as no parental rights for same-sex adoptive couples and same-sex couples who’ve had children through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
One of Italy’s biggest design brands is tone deaf on LGBTQ rights
While Vogue Italia is making a statement for equality with its steamy covers, even famed (and openly gay) fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana have been seemingly behind the times on LGBTQ equality.
In 2015, Domenico Dolce insulted same-sex couples who’ve had children through IVF. Dolce told the Italian magazine Panorama:
“You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry ‘synthetic children.’ Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalogue… psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation….. I’m gay, I can not have a child. Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family.”
The Italian designers also courted controversy by fawning over U.S. President Donald Trump’s wife via Instagram. After one of its models protested the designers’ politics, Stefano Gabbana recently told American pop-star Miley Cyrus that they would never use her brother as a model again because she publicly wrote that she disagreed with Dolce and Gabbana’s politics.
Gabbana replied to Cyrus, “We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one. We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant.”
If Gabbana thinks that the fashion world can’t positively influence politics and culture, he’s the ignorant one. Vogue Italia is proof that it can.
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