Karlie Kloss, Kasia Struss, Arizona Muse, Liu Wen & Joan Smalls by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue February 2013
Vogue has been getting a lot backlash from the New York community about this editorial meant to celebrate the first responders of Hurricane Sandy. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the editorial features models Karlie Kloss, Kasia Struss, Arizona Muse, Liu Wen and Joan Smalls, as well as those involved in rescue missions like the NYPD and the National Guard.
Titled Storm Troupers: Celebrating Hurricane Sandy’s First Responders, the models are shot wearing New Yorks most celebrated collections including Vera Wang bridal, Donna Karen, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler, yet look quite out of place amongst these real life heroes.
The reaction from most thus far is that the whole thing is in bad taste, but Vogue did have the best of intentions, much as they did for 2010’s controversial editorial Oil & Water from Vogue Italia, which had a similar reaction.
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