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In Vogue: what’s the difference between a ‘real woman’ and a ‘non-real woman’?

I’ve been reading a lot about how fashion has to represent “real women.” But what does this mean and who are these “real women”? Caroline, by email Excellent question, Caroline! I’ve been thinking about this a lot, especially since the publication of the latest issue of Vogue, which proudly proclaims itself to be a “model-free zone”, in which clothes are photographed – as editor Alexandra …

Multi-media journalists face jail time after reporting on North Dakota pipeline protest

Investigative reporter and co-founder of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, is now facing riot charges in the state of North Dakota after her report on a Native American-led pipeline protest there went viral on Facebook. Democracy Now! issued a statement about the new charges against Goodman late Saturday. The news organization, which spun out of WBAI-FM, creates programming which is syndicated via radio, podcasts, cable television, public …

After the hipster: are you a createenager or a hugger mugger? Let's hope not

After 10 years of media stories on The Death of the Hipster, the powers that be at the ever-relevant BBC4 finally decided that they should look into this hipster thing. Clare Balding being unavailable, they alighted on Peter York, 72, author of 1982’s The Sloane Ranger Handbook and former chairman of a DTI committee. The resulting documentary is due to air later this year. Unfortunately, …

Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

Google yesterday announced it will introduce a fact check tag on Google News in order to display articles that contain factual information next to trending news items. Now it’s time for Facebook to take fact-checking more seriously, too. Facebook has stepped into the role of being today’s newspaper: that is, it’s a single destination where a large selection of news articles are displayed to those who visit its …

'No one in fashion really cares about a diverse world' – R J Hernández

When An Innocent Fashion was published in the summer Vanity Fair breathlessly called it The Devil Wears Prada for millennials. Like Lauren Weisberger, 26-year-old author R J Hernández interned at Vogue and had seemingly written a tell-all about his experiences. “A lot of the book was inspired by my time working at Vogue and then afterwards at Elle and W magazine. I took my experiences …

Spotify and Apple Music get unofficial mixes, the best part of SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s big differentiator is its offering of unofficial, user-uploaded content that the major labels don’t release and that isn’t on Spotify or Apple Music. Or at least they weren’t. The first unofficial single-track remixes just went live on Spotify and Apple Music thanks to their partnerships with music rights management service Dubset. Apple struck a deal with Dubset in March, and Spotify did in May, BPMSupreme …

Tabloids report on breaking news, decades after others reported it

The latest news – from decades past – seems to be the theme of this week’s tabloids. “Trump’s Tax Returns Revealed” screams the ‘National Enquirer’ cover, promising that “Hillary’s ugly smear campaign falls apart!” But The ‘Enquirer’ has only obtained the Republican presidential candidate’s tax returns for 1975 to 1977, almost three decades out of date. To learn that he paid an average of …

British Vogue's 'real people' issue is a one-off, but it reflects a shift | Morwenna Ferrier

In one sense, the new issue of British Vogue is on the money. A whole issue with no actual models. In 2016. And after Alexandra Shulman previously said no one wants to see real people on the front of her magazine. Non-models are increasing on the catwalk to the point that they have a name – nodels – and they are becoming the norm. Eckhaus …

Work those claws, ladies!​ ​The real reason Vogue declared war on fashion bloggers

I hear a war has broken out between Vogue journalists and bloggers. What’s going on? Steven, by email Indeed, Steven, indeed: we are witnessing a disaster of biblical proportions. What do I mean by “biblical”? I mean Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boilings! Forty years of darkness! The dead rising from …

Fashion’s old guard are right to fear the blogger | David Mitchell

Live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s what Vogue.com’s senior editors should be thinking at the moment. Ruefully, if they can do that without exacerbating wrinkles. Last week they were simply going about their business disparaging and belittling people – just a normal day at the office for those who professionally sit in judgment on what others are wearing – when they got …