Vanity Fair Says Skyscrapers Are Like Women, Because They Can't Be 'Too Rich Or Too Thin'
For shame — Vanity Fair magazine, typically known for its well-written features and honest portrayals, has seriously stepped over the line with a new article, equating Manhattan's skyscrapers to women.
The similarities, they say? Like women, skyscrapers can never be "too rich or too thin."
Totally leaving that wealth comment aside (because yeah, we wish), it's kind of incredible that such a smart magazine would so stupidly compare architecture to anorexia.
Clearly the countless row of writers, editors, formatters, etc. that this piece had to pass through had turned their brains off for the day when they didn't see how that comment (in the article's opening line, no less) would offend.
It's a serious faux pas, and not just because such a line, in a way, condones the very real body dysmorphia issues that unfortunately many women struggle with today.
In a way it promotes this bad behavior, indicating to the already-troubled that their unhealthy, waif-ish frames can actually be compared to prized works of art and human achievement.
It's also kind of inexplicable that despite this newly-made awareness, and all this ensuring bad press, Vanity Fair has still failed to change the article, instead leaving it online and in print for those who will be damaged by these sentiments the most.
Admittedly, we get that high-brow history critics have claimed that this line — the "too rich, too thin" bit — is borrowed from a famous figure, as it was reportedly said by American heiress Wallis Simpson.
But just because it's a borrowed phrase doesn't mean this magazine can be relinquished of any of the responsibility it should be taking for, 80 years later, resurrecting this insensitive and sick notion.