Fashion Fascism

By Jeffrey Goldberg

I fear that the following quotation, from Joan Juliet Buck, the author of the infamous Vogue profile of Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian war criminal Bashar al-Assad, neatly sums up the ethics of the fashion industry. In explaining her ludicrous profile to The New York Times, she said that Mrs. Assad was "extremely thin and very well-dressed, and therefore qualified to be in Vogue."

At least now I understand why Elena Ceausescu was never profiled in Vogue.

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