Vogue‘s June issue is a special Olympic-themed issue, devoted to celebrating the athletes with shoots like Annie Leibowitz‘s “Country Strong” and Bruce Weber‘s “Wonder Women.” But from the cover–which features Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte flanked by Hope Solo and Serena Williams—to the shoots, it’s hard not to notice how strongly the issue glorifies male athletes…and female models. Not only are the female athletes given far less ink (each male athlete gets two photos, while the female athletes each get one), but the photos chosen for the magazine practically try to hide them beneath giant props and vast expanses of sky, while model Karlie Kloss gets far more attention for posing languidly beside America’s top male Olympic hopefuls in designer clothing.
This is a fashion magazine, not ESPN, no one’s expecting Vogue to provide fair and balanced Olympic coverage. That said, it’s also a women’s magazine: Where ESPN’s audience is largely more concerned with male athletes, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched to think that Vogue readers might enjoy a few more photos of female athletes, maybe even in a designer dress or two.
Take a look at the photos and tell us what you think: Is Vogue just another source of sexist sports coverage?
All Photo: Vogue