The skinny models don't make me feel bad about myself (and, to be clear, that's not because I'm in any way model-esque. Picture the average woman. That's me). Nor do the "real" models make me feel good. When it comes to magazines like Vogue, I want to see something beautiful - something magical. I value the escapism these publications offer...
The travel bug has worked its way into the Vogue Paris offices, we're dreaming of ski-ing soft powder, lazing under sunnier skies, or trekking the wilderness. Luckily, the Vogue.fr travel team has plenty of ideas for luxury hotels in exotic destinations - from winter getaways in the Alps, to Moroccan spas and African nature reserves.
My exhibition Zandra Unseen at the Fashion and Textile Museum closed 31 August, 2013 to make way for the gorgeous Belville-Sassoon exhibit. Featuring the work of my dear friend David Sassoon (including dresses made for not only our beloved Princess Di but also Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, two beautiful women of impeccable taste).
New Year, new resolutions? You don't need to feel punished to brighten your outlook and put spring in your step this January. Forget strict eating plans and complicated exercise regimens, at Vogue Paris we've been celebrating the New Year with a rejuvenating and thoroughly luxurious line-up of products and health tips.
When it comes to female self-esteem and body image, Vogue is unequivocally part of the problem and not part of the solution. It is the gold standard in an industry that wilfully damages self-esteem to cultivate a dependent market. By being their cover girl, Lena is not just lending them her credibility but also a tacit approval of their methods and behaviour.
Without internships, you can kiss goodbye to gaining critical experience; wave farewell to school credit; bid adieu to making friends, those future stars of fashion; and pretty much forget about getting your name in print. Everybody starts out as an intern; it's a rite of passage. And, the longer you can stick it out as one, the greater the chance of ultimately getting a job..
Vogue has announced it will be sending educational videos to 1,000 schools across the UK, in an attempt to show young, influential schoolgirls models don't come pre-polished. It's an interesting - and admittedly admirable - concept. Let's remember Alexandra Shulman et al don't actually have to dispel the shimmer of perfection which surrounds their models.