Well, this is news we didn’t see coming. US Vogue Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour has arrived in Beijing to meet with her Chinese Vogue counterpart, Angelica Cheung. It’s the first trip to China for Wintour, acknowledged widely as the most powerful figure in the fashion industry and photos here show Vogue China staffers presenting her and US Vogue Director of Special Events Sylvana Soto Durrett with a delicate teacup set.
Lately, the American publication has somewhat curiously shown a lot of love for China. It’s current issue featured a photo shoot with 8 major Asian models, many of them Chinese. That’s a significant 180 as Asians have never had that type of visibility before and Vogue itself has never had an Asian face on the cover.
Despite the landmark step, the shoot has failed to impress many critics. NY mag wrote that its celebration of Asian beauty seemed “dubious at best” and much like “Black issues” or it’s claims of embracing plus-sized beauty, it’s no more than a fad.
We hope not. Now that China has grabbed Wintour’s attention, hopefully consistent and better diversity for the magazine will be coming sooner rather than later.
Photos via Sina.