I think that Vogue is always on the lookout for good-looking first ladies because they're a combination of power and beauty and elegance...That's what Vogue is about. And here was this woman who had never given an interview, who was extremely thin and very well-dressed and therefore, qualified to be in Vogue. And they had - Vogue had been trying to get her for quite a long time.
--Former Vogue Paris EIC Joan Juliet Buck, on the highly controversial and much criticized profile she wrote for Vogue on Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad. Though the story was published in March of 2011, Anna Wintour has only just spoken out about the piece, and issued a mea culpa statement over the weekend. Buck expressed her distaste for the story she wrote to NPR and in various other outlets after the story was published, and we couldn't help but highlight this telling gem. Got ties to an oppressive regime committing crimes against humanity? Not a problem for Vogue as long as you're "extremely thin and very well-dressed."