Banding together in support of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Health Initiative, Vogue has recently announced the publication’s allegiance to this effort by fostering an environment where health and wellness is encouraged, nurtured and valued. As a way of keeping up with the Health Initiative, all of the publication’s 19 editions will focus on health and wellness for their June issue. “The eighteen other international Vogue editors and I cosigned a letter that furthers the CFDA’s amazing work by launching a worldwide health initiative, where we’ve committed ourselves to depicting healthy body images in our magazines,” Anna Wintour wrote in the June issue of American Vogue.
The publication’s rally for a healthier image of beauty steered American Vogue towards an issue that used Olympic athletes as health inspirations, while French Vogue turned to Gisele Bundchen for fitness tips and advices. Following after their footsteps is the German edition of Vogue, which harnessed the evocative appeal of black and white photography to create a series of stirring images depicting women in all their unedited glory.
Although the Carolyn Murphy-fronted cover didn’t command the same riveting appeal as Wintour’s cover, the dramatic and captivating editorial titled The Naked Truth was truly compelling. German models Toni Garnn and Nadja Auermann, and actress Nina Hoss were some of the personalities photographed by Peter Lindbergh for the editorial. The portraits, which celebrated natural beauty to the fullest, featured the women in the nude or scantily dressed.
We love how these women bared it all for the camera, as they took a stand against society’s strict and often unreachable standards of beauty. There was however, one image that appeared completely disconnected from the editorial’s rationale—a photograph of Nina Hoss clutching a cigarette. They may have been going for authenticity in portraying women today, but wasn’t this editorial shot to push for health and wellness? Nevertheless, Vogue’s effort did not go in vain.
Fashion Glamour handpicked several images from the editorial, which you can view through the slideshow above.
Images from Vogue Germany