I was so pleased when I saw Gisele on the April issue of Vogue. Not only did they use one of the world's most gorgeous models, but it is the first time that Vogue put a black male on the cover of the magazine! This is truly something to celebrate. Since April's issue is the annual Shape Issue, it only seems natural to have an athlete showing his fierce side on the cover, and LeBron carries out the role fantastically.
With all this celebration to do and very little time, along come some crazy party poopers who claim that the cover perpetuates racial stereotypes. Apparently, a snarling black male holding onto a beautiful white woman's waist reminds people of King Kong. Maybe it's just me, but when I first saw the front cover I didn't even think King Kong. Not once.
Samir Husmi, a magazine analyst, insists that Vogue intentionally used this photo which "screams King Kong," and commented, "When you have a cover that reminds people of King Kong and bring those stereotypes to the front, a black man wanting white woman, it's not innocent."
However, I think that LeBron's expression on the cover is just his game face and that he wasn't trying to evoke an example of a dangerous man. Besides, Gisele looks far from scared, which is the complete opposite of the expression that Fay Wray had in the movie, King Kong.
In my opinion, I think this controversy was built up by a bunch of people that were analyzing the magazine too much and trying to find some sort of error. There's more things to be worried about these days than a magazine cover. So let's just chill out and celebrate Vogue's first cover with a black male!
(This post is really late news, but I had to write it for my fellow blogger, Dania, who asked me my opinion on the whole controversy. You should check out her blog: Modeling 101, it's great for all those aspiring models out there!)