Calm Your Tits: Vogue Proclaims "Death of Cleavage" & Creates Social Media Outrage

Explaining British Vogue's controversial statement the cleavage is dead


  British Vogue has recently announced that cleavage is dead. I find this ironic because yesterday I was thinking the exact thing. Fashion has moved towards showing shoulders, legs, midriffs, and anything but cleavage.
  Admittedly, it does seem a little ridiculous to proclaim that "cleavage is dead". Nobody reads a magazine and follows it to a T. The fashion "Bible" that is Vogue is not really a Bible at all. Vogue is a mere compilation of ideas and fashion news that the reader can use to develop personal style. At least in my mind, that's the definition of a fashion magazine.
  The hot topic article, written by Kathleen Baird-Murray, a journalist I cited in my post "Spring Cleaning Doesn't Just Apply to Your Closet", is just an observation of what celebrities and designers have been doing lately. Right now fashion is either one side of the two extremes: excessive skin or tastefully placed skin. In haute couture and on the red carpet, skin has been the "wow" factor that propels so many star's careers. Though many stars are opting for more modest red carpet ensembles as of late. Gone are the days when it was shocking to see someone's belly button at an awards show. Eric Wilson, about two or three years ago wrote an article on nudity in advertisements. His claim was that we've become accustomed to seeing skin... there's no shock value left, we've seen it all. 



Cleavage isn't dead... but it's taking a break from the spotlight this season. "Sexy" body parts take turns. Boobs have been stepping down as the fan favorite and as a result I've noticed a huge rise in booty appreciation. Males these days care less about the business in the front and more about the party in the back. Not to sexualize my own body, but cleavage, when used tastefully, is a powerful addition to an outfit. 


  The one thing that's really making me frustrated is the internet's reaction to Baird-Murray's thoughtful article. One Twitter user said, "Vogue has apparently said breasts are no longer fashionable. That is not how bodies work fam". That is not what Vogue is saying. Vogue isn't saying that having big boobs is an unfashionable physical trait. Vogue is saying that showing off cleavage is distasteful this season. Personally, I don't think Vogue would ever say a physical trait that people cannot change is out of style (like a big nose or small ears). Vogue is just keeping their readers mindful of small things that may go unnoticed like the lack of cleavage being shown in garments this season.


  I'm going to say things how they are. The world will never be a perfect place where everyone is treated the way they want to be and all men respect women and their bodies. This whole male superiority complex has been drilled into peoples minds since the B.C. years. Though feminists are making big strides towards social awareness, it's going to take a really long time to make any nationwide changes that stick. As a young female growing up in this time, I find all of this somewhat comical. Yes, I read all of the feminist Tumblr posts on Pinterest and I do agree with them. Life isn't fair though and I don't expect everyone to treat me perfectly because then I would be really disappointed every day. The fact is people aren't going to respect your gender, your body, your sexuality, your political views, your opinions on abortion, or your thoughts and you need to get over it.  



  In reality, people will dress how they want to. Though Vogue's opinion alters the trends and what fast fashion, mass market, and high fashion designers create, it's ultimately up to the consumer what gets purchased and worn. 

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  1. I wasn't sure what to expect from your post title but I'm glad I stopped to read this post! Good stuff!

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