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May 28, 2012  | by: Qisthi Jenkins

Karmen Pedaru on Vogue Paris

It is no secret that the world’s leading fashion magazine, Vogue, has faced some bad press  over the years for the models they choose to feature in their glamorous spreads. Time and time again, the magazine has gotten slammed with criticism for using models who looked too skinny, too young, and too photoshopped. Yikes. After launching a new health initiative earlier this month, vowing to use healthier models, it looks like Vogue has actually complied.

The June/July 2012 issue of Vogue Paris has left everyone in shock with their recent choice of cover photo. It looks like the fashion mag is really taking the health initiative seriously because for the first time in Vogue history, they featured a model with visible wrinkles on the cover.

The completely striking photo was taken by photographer Hans Feurer, and pictures 22 year old model, Karmen Pedaru. Pedaru is shown sporting some serious smeared makeup and dark circles, which strategically create the illusion of wrinkles, an imperfection Vogue used to be extremely conscious of.

This cover is a part of a larger jungle-themed spread called “La Sauvage” a.k.a “The Wild”, that displays various fashion-forward swimwear options for the summertime. But, could it be a ploy for a larger anti-photoshopping message that the magazine is trying to convey? Let’s not get our hopes up just yet, but I personally think this cover is stunning – imperfections and all.

That’s one small step for Vogue, and one giant leap for body image.

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