Vogue Italia has chosen to celebrate September, the biggest month in fashion, by featuring two intimate LGBTI covers with models locking lips.
For a country that is quite liberated and invented romance, Italy, like Australia, still, does not have legalised same-sex marriage.
The country also lacks nationwide anti-discrimination laws ensuring LGBTQ protections in work and public accommodations as well as no parental rights for same-sex adoptive couples and same-sex couples who’ve had children through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
New editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Emanuele Farneti has decided to place marriage equality at front of mind with these distinctive covers.
Shot by photographer duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, one version of the cover features male models and real-life couple Edoardo Velicskov and Pablo Rousson sharing a kiss; another version features female models Lily Aldridge and Vittoria Ceretti locking lips; and a third features a straight kiss between models Carla Boscono and Federico Spinas.
#Repost @mertalas ・・・ B A C I O 💋 kiss is kiss 💥september issue of new Italian vogue with my favorites @lilyaldridge and @vittoceretti ⭐️Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 💥#thenewvogueitalia #itsallaboutitaly #mertandmarcus @vogueitalia Hair @cyndiaharvey makeup @isamayaffrench sets @andrea_stanley_
Vogue Italia is not the first Vogue magazine to publish an LGBTQ-inclusive cover. Vogue Paris featured transgender Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio on the cover of this year’s March issue, the magazine’s second biggest issue of the year.