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If there's one thing Vogue is good for, it's stirring up a controversy. This time Vogue India has gone and done it with a photo shoot featuring lower income Indian families using accessories by exclusive -- read expensive -- designer brands.
To give you an idea of the contrasts, many of these families live off of $1.25 a day, while a simple Burberry umbrella costs $200. Let's just say that the people of India were not amused by photos of a toothless woman carrying a dirty baby wearing a Fendi bib.
But in a phone interview with the New York Times, the editor of Vogue India, Priya Tanna, quipped people should "Lighten up." She also said, "Fashion is no longer a rich man's privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful."
We want to know what Vogue is really trying to say with this spread. Is Gucci's new target market the beggars sitting outside the 5 star hotel, rather than the wealthy clients staying there?
One very poor woman pictured is carrying an Hermès Birkin bag that retails for over $10,000, if you're lucky enough to even get your hands on one.
Who needs food when you can buy Hermès instead? -- she's clearly a Vogue girl, through and through. With that kind of money the woman's whole family could probably retire -- in the Taj Mahal.
|Get over it, they're just some pictures!||23 (51.1%)|
|Totally offensive||18 (40.0%)|
|I think it's genius||4 (8.9%)|