Could You Live Below the Line?

Yes, I’m a little embarrassed to admit it and even mentioned it in my last post, but I’m still catching up on reading the June/July/August fashion magazines. I came across an interesting article in the June issue of Vogue and it bothered me so much that I actually wrote a letter to the magazine’s feedback email address.

This is what I wrote:

“In the June 2014 issue, the article ‘Below the Line’ opened my eyes to the harsh reality of the millions of people that live below the poverty line. The article was well written and thought-provoking, however, I found it ironic that the article was paired with a photo of Rachel Brosnahan wearing a $1,600 dress by Altuzarra. Once you factor in tax on the dress, that’s equivalent to more than three years of groceries for someone living on $1.50 a day.
I understand that Vogue is a fashion magazine, but I was surprised at the need to showcase such an expensive item to illustrate an article that speaks to the difficulties that more than a billion people face everyday. Just think, if one wealthy woman gave money to a worthy organization instead of buying that dress, she could feed a family for a longer period of time than the dress would even be considered fashionable. Now that’s some food for thought.”

I’m interested to see if they print my letter or offer a response in return. Either way, I feel happier knowing that I took a few minutes to talk about the article. Although I have strong opinions about many aspects of the magazines I read, I don’t usually write in with my feedback. I suppose I should do that more often because when I have an opinion about something, I generally tend to get passionate about my point.


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