Covers & Content Annual Review 2016, Part 3: Flare

The 2016 publishing year is over for our three favourite Canadian fashion magazines, so it’s time to look back on every issue printed this year by Elle Canada, Fashion, and Flare, to see how diverse they were overall compared to last year. Up next is FASHION!

For a review of the Covers & Content project, please check out the FAQ page here.

Closet Feminist Terminology

Whiteout Issue: an issue of a fashion magazine where neither the cover star nor models booked/used for any of the major editorials are people of colour.

Token Diversity Spread: When a fashion magazine books/uses an ensemble of models, including some models of colour or models representing other minorities in the fashion world (i.e., plus size models or visibly older models), but are careful not to allow the minorities chosen to make up the majority of the spread or the majority of models chosen.

Has FASHION improved at all over the years? Check out our data from the last three years.

FASHION 2013 Annual Review

FASHION 2014 Annual Review

FASHION 2015 Annual Review

Did you miss Part 1 of our 2016 review focused on Elle Canada? Check it out here.

Part 2 of our 2016 review focused on FASHION can be found here.

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This review is bittersweet, because as of January, 2017, FLARE will no longer be doing print issues. Flare was not perfect, but it’s reporting was timely and interesting. We will truly miss this Canadian fashion magazine.

That being said, did this glossy go out with a bang or a whimper? Read on to find out.

JANUARY

The January 2016 issue of Flare was technically its Winter 2015 issue, covering December 2015 as well.

Grimes was on the cover. There was one fashion editorial in this issue featuring one thin, white model, making this issue of Flare a Whiteout Issue.

FEBRUARY

Ilana and Abbi of Broad City were on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial in this issue featuring one thin, white model, making this issue of Flare a Whiteout Issue as well.

MARCH

Rebel Wilson was on the cover.

For a third month in a row, Flare put out a Whiteout Issue–the one fashion editorial this month featured one thin, white model.

APRIL

The April cover of Flare featured Ania Boniecka, Sonya Esman, Alanna Durkovich, Kayla Seah, and Dajana Rads. It bears noting that the cover was really more of a tedious Joe Fresh advertorial.

There was one fashion editorial in the April issue, starring one thin, white model.

MAY

Shay Mitchell was on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial this month starring one thin, white model.

JUNE/JULY

The Summer issue of Flare featured Ellie Goulding on the cover.

There were two fashion editorials in this issue. The first starred a thin, mixed-race model, the second starred Caitriona Balfe who is thin and white.

AUGUST

Herieth Paul was on the cover.

Above: Herieth Paul in Flare’s August issue.

There were two fashion editorials, counting Paul’s cover story. The second editorial starred one thin, white model.

SEPTEMBER

Priyanka Chopra was on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial in this issue, starring one thin, white model.

OCTOBER

Bella Hadid was on the cover.

Above: From the second fashion editorial in Flare October 2016

There were two editorials in this issue including Hadid’s cover story. The second editorial featured three thin models, two of them were women of colour.

NOVEMBER

Mandy Moore was on the cover.

Above: Evy Jane stars in the one fashion editorial in Flare November 2016

There was one fashion editorial in this month’s issue, starring one thin model of colour.

DECEMBER

Aww, Flare’s last print issue 🙁

Anna Kendrick was on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial in this month’s issue, starring one thin model of colour.

Covers & Content: August 2016

How did the August 2016 issues of major Canadian fashion magazines stack up this month in terms of diversity? Read on to find out.

FLARE-HP-COVER

The Cover Star: Herieth Paul

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Black

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There were two fashion editorials, counting Paul’s cover story. The first editorial starred one thin, white model. The second was starring Herieth Paul!

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

 

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The Cover Star: Michelle Phan

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Asian

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There was one fashion editorial in this issue starring one thin, mixed-race model.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

 

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The Cover Star: Charlize Theron

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There was one fashion editorial, starring five models. Two of the models were women of colour.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

Fashion Week #Trends We Want To Make Happen

Okay so The Closet Feminist doesn’t go to Fashion Week/Month because it’s just not an option at the moment. Should we ever attend though, you can bet that we would try and make these hashtags/trends happen…

#DeadLorax

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Above: from the Topshop Unique FW2014 collection.

Use: Every time you see a fur or faux fur garment dyed in an unnatural colour, and attribute accordingly to the pelt of a deceased Dr. Seuss creature of your choice.

#SoFetch

Use:  Temperley London FW2014 = #SoFetch. Pretty straightforward.

Gretchen Wieners will be avenged! Side note: Canadian stunner Dauphine McKee opened the Temperely London show!

#CharminglyCanadian

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Above: Herieth Paul in the Matthew Williamson FW2014 show.

Use: every time you see a Canadian model strut their stuff on the runway. Our faves: Grace Mahrary, Senait Gidey, and Herieth Paul.

 #Whiteout

Use: to draw attention to the fact that there are either no models of colour in the show you are watching OR when the first 10 looks you see are shown on white models.

Also see: Whiteout Issue.

#TokenDiversity

Use: to draw attention to the fact that there are only one or two models of colour amidst dozens of white models.

Also see: Token Diversity Spread.

#npoy

Use: Gratuitous picture of yourself? Pish posh, more like necessary picture of yourself.

#WWPBD

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Above: House of Holland FW2014

Use:  Anytime you see an all-pink outfit that Princess Bubblegum would appreciate. What would Princes Bubblegum do?

#SmallScreenStyle

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Above: Mary Katrantzou FW2014.

Use: When you see a look that a favourite TV character of yours would likely wear. For example, we could see Inara from Firefly gracefully sweeping around Serenity in the dress above.

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