Vogue Italia is certainly no stranger to controversy. Just days after running a feature on "slave" earrings, the magazine has released an image of their September issue cover, featuring Stella Tennant, shot by Steven Meisel. Notice something...amiss with Tennant's waist?
The magazine reportedly had the model's waist whittled to a shockingly tiny 13 inches (whether by photoshop or some serious corset-tightening, we don't know--we're hoping it's the former) in honor of early-20th century style icon Ethel Granger, the Daily Mail is reporting.
We're figuring that, like us, you've probably never seen a 13 inch waist in real life, so to give you an idea of just how tiny it is, we've put together a helpful list of common objects and how they size up to Tennant's Vogue Italia waistline:
Her waist is roughly 15 inches smaller than a basketball.
Her waist is 14 inches smaller than a bowling ball.
About the same size as a two-liter bottle of Coke.
Only one inch bigger than the circumference of a softball.
In short, her waist is inhumanely and freakishly small. And while the cover is a tribute to Granger--who still holds the Guinness world record for smallest modified waist at 13 inches--it's still a rather jarring image to see on the cover of a women's fashion magazine, especially considering the millions of women for whom struggling with body issues is no matter of 'artistic license.'
And after viewing images of the actual Ethel Granger (above, left) we're not sure she's an icon--eccentric or not--who should be glorified by the fashion industry.