You sort of expect an editor for Vogue to be — how shell we say it? — removed from the realities of the — what do you call it? — the actual world people live in. And when you combine that job title with an only slightly less prestigious one: bonafide damn princess, the problem only compounds itself. So it sometimes seems with Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, a descendant of the royal line in Germany, and editor at large, who posted a photo to Instagram of an apparently homeless woman reading an issue of Vogue.
“Paris is full of surprises . . . and @voguemagazine readers even in unexpected corners!” she wrote on the caption to the photo above (via Fashionista) taken over the weekend during Paris Fashion Week.
You could inject all sorts of exploitative subtext and meaning into the photo, if you were so inclined, or you could just dismiss it as a sort of line-straddling, questionable choice. Many of the commenters on the post seemed to go with the former, calling it cruel and in poor taste. Then again, they are Vogue readers, so maybe they just didn’t like being reminded that unfashionable people exist?
von Thurn und Taxis has since deleted the post, and apologized with a picture of a bridge, which we presume is a metaphor of some sort.
Since then, everyone seems to have forgiven her.
Just kidding, now it’s time to call her a monster.
“You lil stupid ass bitch,” one commenter wrote. “Why don’t you get off your little princess cloud and face the real world? Get your polish nail off, this is real life here.”
“You should use your head and your money (that you didn’t even earned) much more wisely. You are a failure: the poor person is yourself,” wrote another.
In defense of the German princess and Vogue editor, which isn’t something I’d ever think I’d end up writing, I think that the image of a homeless woman reading an issue of Vogue on the street is the type of thing we’d all consider Art in other circumstances. It does point to an interesting conflict in society. She probably just wasn’t the right one to share it with the world.