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Amazing or Atrocious? Steven Klein Photographs Anok Yai for Vogue Italia’s May 2019 Cover

We’re huge champions of diversity and it’s always worth celebrating when a model of color graces the cover of Vogue. Vogue Italia’s been pretty hit or miss as of late, but it’s back in our good graces because the mag picked Anok Yai as its May 2019 cover girl. Adut Akech became the first black model to grace the Italian fashion bible in over 18 months back in April 2018 and it’s now Anok’s turn, wearing Dolce & Gabbana (courtesy of Patti Wilson) while posing alongside a Great Dane in the Steven Klein-shot cover photo.

Vogue Italia May 2019 : Anok Yai by Steven Klein


The cover divided our forum members. “Speechless…and not because it’s good…it’s just baaaaad,” stated a disapproving KissMiss.

“Atrocious!! Why is it that every time Klein shoots a cover for Vogue Italia it ends up a mess?” asked a dumbfounded Benn98.

“Poor Anok, she deserves a much better cover! I’m happy for her achievement, but I hope she gets another better cover soon. I hate the styling and Steven Klein…no words for him,” libra chimed in.

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“Anok is stunning in person, but very dull in print. That facial expression is very vacant. This would’ve worked with a model with better skills. Great for her finally landing a huge cover, though,” wrote Style Savvy.

Although not everyone was disappointed. “I must be the only person that loves this, it’s typical Klein and that’s something I’ll never complain about. I love Anok and the exaggerated styling,” confessed Blayne266.

“This cover is brilliant. I think a lot of people on this forum just hate Klein and anything he does, which is bananas. He almost always nails it with his Vogue Italia covers,” defended mepps.

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