By Laura Johnson | 06/08/2018 08:24:51 In the years since her parents’ death, Marlene Taggart has seen the fashion and beauty industry evolve from a place where women were supposed to wear makeup to one where she can.
She’s been an editor at the magazine for a decade, but she’s not sure how much she’s been able to see from the outside.
“I think I’ve seen a lot more of my own body,” she says.
But she also has seen a “growing trend” in young women wanting to wear the kinds of clothes that the industry had once considered too “ugly” for them.
That trend has created a sense of camaraderie among fashion editors who are in the trenches with young women in the industry.
For one thing, they’re trying to convince young women that they can be more stylish, and in the process, be seen as fashion-savvy.
And in the words of fashion editor and editor in chief, Gail Simmons, they’ve also made a lot of strides in the way they’re talking about the industry to young women.
In an age when there are so many more choices in what is considered “appropriate” clothing and accessories, some editors are seeing a lot less of the old-fashioned, high-fashion looks they once used to see.
“There’s a big push out there, and we’re seeing more of that,” says Taggard, a senior fashion editor for Cosmopolitan magazine.
“We’re seeing a shift in the perception that you can’t be a good fashion editor if you don’t have a good sense of yourself and what you can do with your body.
That’s a very difficult thing to do in a time of so much change.”
“We have a responsibility to our readers to talk about who we are as a culture,” she adds.
But some editors say they’re seeing that as a barrier.
“A lot of people are seeing that we’re not speaking to young people the way we should,” says Simmons, who is in her 20s.
“The idea that it’s not OK to talk to a person who is different than you or to make the person feel uncomfortable is a big barrier.
It makes it seem as though it’s OK to be a fashion editor to be someone who is not a fashion person.”
“You have to have a certain level of self-awareness,” says Jessica Vidal, editor in charge of the fashion section at Vanity Fair.
“If you want to be taken seriously as a fashion journalist, you have to know your stuff.”
Vidal says that while she’s aware that the issue of body image is an ongoing issue in the fashion community, she sees a need for a more proactive tone when it comes to addressing the issue.
“It’s not okay to take it as seriously as other things,” she tells Newsweek.
“But I think that’s the only way you can get to the other side, because you have an idea that is true and you’re not afraid to admit it.”
Vandal says that she feels the fashion editors and editors at other magazines have come to realize that there’s a growing desire among young women for a different type of style.
“They don’t feel comfortable wearing the same clothes every day,” she notes.
“For a lot, they want something different, something they can wear on a Sunday and a Sunday on a Monday.
They want to feel more comfortable in their skin, more in control.”
“And that’s not necessarily the same as the type of clothes they wear every day.”
Simmons adds that she’s also seen younger editors, including younger women, become more comfortable talking about body issues.
“And I think people are more open to that,” she explains.
“Young women, and especially young women of color, want to talk with you about their bodies, their skin color, their looks.”
For Taggar, she’s seen that shift.
She used to feel she had to hide her body in her editor’s room.
Now, she says she’s just happy to share her stories and to have more opportunities to talk.
But it’s a struggle, she adds, when it come to speaking to women in their own spaces about body image.
“Sometimes they’re not comfortable talking to me because I’m not a model, I’m black, I don’t know how to talk,” she admits.
“So I just have to get the message out that we can talk about this stuff, that we are all human, that all of us have different bodies.”