T his is why we can’t have nice things. Elle Magazine puts out a ‘Women in TV’ issue, with four different covers featuring four different television actresses all wearing great stylish gear, all giving their best face. Sounds promising, right?
Notice something about the four cover images pictured above? Yeah, everyone else on the internet did, too.
While three of Elle’s celebrity cover girls are featured in full color, figure showcasing shots, the lone woman of color in the series, actress Mindy Kaling, is pictured in a closeup, greyscale image.
Someone at Elle thought it was a good idea to play a game of ‘One of These Things Is Not Like the Others’ with their mag cover using three white actresses— Zooey Deschanel, Allison Williams, and Amy Poehler— and one brown one.
Let’s be clear; this isn’t an attempt to imply some form of racism is at play here (that’s an entirely different conversation for another day, on a different, more socially conscious website).
But it is an attempt to illustrate the all around thoughtlessness, insensitivity, ignorance and lack of awareness that often pervades the fashion industry.
There doesn’t appear to be any malicious intent behind Elle’s decision to single out Mindy Kaling and style her cover shot in a way that’s so dissimilar from the other cover subjects in their four part ‘Women in TV’ series.
In fact, it can be strongly argued that Mindy has the most striking cover photo of the group.
It speaks volumes though, that during the long process that involves a magazine issue going from concept to print, no one looked at the above four images and thought, This might not go over so well.
[ photos: Elle ]