Zelensky’s ‘Vogue’ Photoshoot in War-Torn Ukraine Raises Eyebrows

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Annie Lebowitz’s latest Vogue photo shoot of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena has sparked condemnation with many feeling the article was inappropriate amid the Russian invasion.

The photo of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena was published in the digital edition of Vogue. It featured Olena as the main focus.

Artist Adam Broomberg strongly condemned the photo shoot in a viral Instagram post writing: “This is everything that is wrong with the world and how dangerously photography can intersect with it.”

“The idea of a conflict zone as a backdrop for an Annie Leibovitz shoot for Vogue magazine is vile. The “First Lady” is posed against an airplane that was destroyed, in which many people died. Depicting a politician as an iconic hero without any nuanced understanding of their function and complicity in this 155-day-old brutal war. A superficial glossy depiction of a hero in the Hollywood mould,” he passionately writes on Instagram.

Texas representative Mayra Flowers tweeted her disgust at the Vogue photo and used it as a platform to raise a political point.

“Biden: Let’s continue to send billions of dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine, they need it! Reality: The Zelensky family graces us with a photo shoot to be on the cover of Vogue magazine,” she wrote.

Biden: Let’s continue to send billions of dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine, they need it!

Reality: The Zelensky family graces us with a photo shoot to be on the cover of Vogue magazine pic.twitter.com/NRdTWZOS3j

— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) July 27, 2022

However, not everyone was offended by the Zelenskys’ decision to pose for Lebowitz’s lens. The Washington Post columnist Sonny Bunch wrote a piece defending the embattled president titled “The Zeleskys are in Vogue. This makes them intelligent, not stupid.

Let’s be real. Zelensky has been meeting celebrities from Western countries and appears in magazines that focus on celebrity news because it is necessary to maintain the American crisis at its forefront. Bunch wrote.

To read Vogue’s feature, illustrated with Lebowitz’s images, visit the link.

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