Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy And Wife Olena’s Vogue Cover Has The Internet Furious. Should Grief Be Glamourised?
A conversation about magazine covers amidst wartime is something one finds hard to wrap a head around. And it is exactly what’s happening with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska’s latest photoshoot. The couple who has been a point of inspiration for the onlookers and a million Ukrainians, who are fighting a war, broke the Internet with their faces stuck on the front covers of fashion magazine, Vogue. Talking about their time in the war, the resilience of their citizens and the marriage they share, the couple was instantly under the spotlight, for not-so-great reasons.
Diving into the deepest tales of the war and the grit of every woman, who stands strong to face it, the interview puts First Lady Olena Zelenska’s lens to it. Calling her a “portrait of bravery” as she poses alongside armed female soldiers, Zelenska has been described as “the face of her nation’s emotional toll.” In the images shared by the fashion magazine, we see the couple facing the camera with grieving faces, and anxious emotions as they dress in the most minimal creations of Ukrainian designers. While it’s all fair to venture out and know the leaders who have been nothing but the strongest pillars of support to their land, some or perhaps many of their native Ukrainians and others, in general, have been finding it hard to understand. Criticising the same, the internet seems appalled about the cover amidst wartime. Let’s take a look at some of these reactions.
— Shweta Shalini (@shweta_shalini) July 28, 2022
I don’t think #Zelensky doing a photo shoot for #Vogue was his greatest idea. For me it completely sends out the wrong vibe and just acts to feed the #Ukraine war deniers even more. pic.twitter.com/7d64huaP8K
— James ‘conservative’ NOT Tory (@JamesHesp) July 28, 2022
The West is sending in more weapons and $billions for Zelensky and his wife to pose for a vogue cover. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/EqHh7fCz8H
— Medovukha (@Zzzaikar) July 27, 2022
Western Countries are giving billions in aid to Ukraine from their tax-payers’ hard-earned money
While President Zelensky is doing a Vogue magazine photoshoot.
Peak Wokeism pic.twitter.com/WxpMXaL7Pq
— Monica Verma (@TrulyMonica) July 27, 2022
This is how serious the Ukraine war is!
Zelènsky playing to the gallery and to his “audience” in live theatre.
All those bleeding hearts for him can now read the latest digital version of Vogue magazine for more tea and cupcake conversations. pic.twitter.com/J1FAovXjRK
— Mise en scene (@tesoro_arch) July 27, 2022
— Fahad Ali (@fahadmehtabali) July 28, 2022
Don't mind Zelensky's begging and grifting, it's just "the Vogue of war" 🙄 pic.twitter.com/sEcqNkhrw2
— Mister Em (@notaklingon11) July 27, 2022
While we think the cover shoot was a medium of sharing a strong message, but should grief be glamourised, is the question we’re looking to find answers to.
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Jasveen Kaur Sawhney
Jasveen Sawhney loves writing about fashion, enjoys collecting cute pyjamas, and admires her Pinterest mood board every one hour!