Yes, take your jaw off the floor. Vice decided to showcase the suicides of these illustrious women, and quite visually in some cases. The worst thing, in my opinion, was the fact that they tried to turn it into a fashion feature, citing the clothes worn among the deceased's name, dates of birth and death, and cause of death. Because I want to buy the pair of stockings that they use to showcase Taiwanese author Sanmao's death.
Jenna Sauers, former fashion model herself writes, "It's almost breathtakingly tasteless. Suicide is not a fashion statement." A phrase that has circled the interwebs and fashion blogs alike all throughout the day. The spread features late authors and writers such as Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sanmao, Elise Cowen, Sylvia Plath and historian Iris Chang.
Below are the pictures. I apologize for insulting anyone by posting these photos.
What many are criticizing the most is Vice's decision to portray historian Iris Chang, who only died in 2004 and leaves behind a now-11 year old son. To see such a visual portrayal of his mother's death, less than ten years later must affect him and other family members in many ways.
Vice soon after removed the post from their website, replacing it with a statement: “Last Words” was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands. We will no longer display “Last Words” on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended.
This isn't the first case of fashion editorials going too far, but hopefully it will be the last. Fashion excuses many things in life, but it in no way promotes suicide or death, and shouldn't ever. I'll say it again: SUICIDE IS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT. Not now, not ever.
What are your opinions on the photos? Do you think they crossed the line with this feature?