Two amazing gay kisses are going to grace the cover of Vogue
The Italian edition of Vogue magazine has released two LGBT-themed covers for its September issue.
In a radical step for the publication, both will feature same-sex couples kissing.
The first cover portrays real life couple Edoardo Velicksov and Pablo Rousson in an intimate moment.
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And the second heartwarming cover features models Lily Alridge and Vittoria Ceretti.
A third cover features a male and a female, Carla Boscono and Federico Spinas, kissing.
Federico Spinas, the male model, posted about the shoot on Instagram, “That’s the reason why I started modelling and the result of a long way to a new beginning.”
Despite its status as a Catholic country, Italy has taken steps towards LGBT progress in recent months.
In March, an Italian court recognised gay adoptive parents, in a landmark ruling.
This year also saw Italy’s first ever wedding involving a trans woman who has had her true gender recognised without reassignment surgery.
And this isn’t the first time the Vogue franchise has attempted to push for an LGBT-inclusive cover.
The US edition was in the headlines for a recent gaffe regarding an article featuring an interview with Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik.
The two were photographed wearing unisex clothing for the piece. Vogue journalist, Maya Singer, commented: “Gender is a more or less arbitrary distraction” and that there is “a terrific opportunity for play”.
Singer explained:”This new blase attitude toward gender codes marks a radical break”
She added: “For these millennials, at least, descriptives like boy or girl rank pretty low on the list of important qualities – and the way they dress reflects that.”
Gigi Hadid agreed, stating: “Totally. It’s not about gender. It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment.”
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Vogue has since apologised for calling the stars “genderfluid”.
“We missed the mark. We do look forward to continuing the conversation with greater sensitivity.”
Vogue Paris has a better track record with gender and sex-themed covers.
Its March cover featured transgender model, Valentina Sampaio.
Vogue Paris’s Editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt, wrote in his editorial of the March issue: “Only when a transgender person poses on the front cover of a fashion magazine and it is no longer necessary to write an editorial on the subject will we know that the battle is won.”