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Elle's 'fetishizing' Gabourey Sidebe cover
Is it admirable — or just weird — that a top fashion magazine has put an extremely full-figured woman on its cover?
 
Oscar-wining actress Gabourey Sidibe makes a splash on Elle magazine's 25 anniversary cover.
Oscar-wining actress Gabourey Sidibe makes a splash on Elle magazine's 25 anniversary cover.
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The image: For its 25th anniversary issue, Elle magazine has produced four separate covers, each featuring a 25-year-old female celebrity. Three of the women — Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox and Lauren Conrad — fit the "wispy and white" stereotype of a fashion-magazine cover girl. The fourth, full-figured African-American actress Gabourey Sidebe, decidedly does not. Is Elle's expectation-bending experiment a success?
The reaction:
"It’s one thing to tell our young girls that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes," says EBrady at Babble. But quite another "to see a gorgeous young lady that breaks all the moulds smiling back from the newsstands." I wish I could share your enthusiam, says Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. But the cover "feels less like a celebration of non-traditional beauty than a token gesture of diversity" — even "a weird fetishization" of Sidibe. Elle seems to be patting itself on the back and saying: "We're just bold enough to celebrate you!"

 

 

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