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'Interview' Magazine Revives Lesbian Chic -- But to What End?

'Interview' Magazine Revives Lesbian Chic -- But to What End?

Now that the “G” in LGBT has gone totally mainstream (think Modern Family’s “normal” gay couple and the Elton John-adopts-a-baby Us Weekly cover), fashionistas are looking to accessorize with “edgier” sexualities. We’ve already reported on Givenchy booking trans model Lea T. for their fall/winter campaign and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s same-sex bait-and-switch kiss advertisements with androgynous male model Andrej Pejic, so we pretty much figured that “T” would be the new “G” for 2011. Now Interview magazine has gone and thrown the L-word back into the mix with this racy editorial shoot in their March issue—which is one of the sultriest we’ve seen since the height of ‘90s “lesbian chic.” Still, we have to wonder what Interview’s motivation was.

Now that the “G” in LGBT has gone totally mainstream (think Modern Family’s “normal” gay couple and the Elton John-adopts-a-baby Us Weekly cover), fashionistas are looking to accessorize with “edgier” sexualities.

We’ve already reported on Givenchy booking trans model Lea T. for their fall/winter campaign and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s same-sex bait-and-switch kiss advertisements with androgynous male model Andrej Pejic, so we pretty much figured that “T” would be the new “G” for 2011. Now Interview magazine has gone and thrown the L-word back into the mix with this racy editorial shoot in their March issue—which is one of the sultriest we’ve seen since the height of ‘90s “lesbian chic.” Still, we have to wonder what Interview’s motivation was.

Obviously, straight guys do not look at Interview—its readership pretty much consists of creative industry types and their followers—so we can rule out any pandering to hetero dudes’ fantasies about girl-on-girl action. And since lesbian Editor-In-Chief Ingrid Sichy departed the magazine in 2008, we know the session is not a realization of her personal fantasies. Which leaves us to draw one conclusion: The fashion world has realized that lesbian sexuality is still not completely validated. While it’s not dismissed as aggressively as bisexuality (which the Western world views kinda like unicorns—cute, but not real), the fashion world seems to understand that sex without a penis is still not considered “real” sex by too many. It was only men, after all, who expressed concerns about shower with the same-sex in the debates over ending DADT. But if there is an upside to this, it’s that we are cool and edgy underdogs to the style set all over again.

If that means we can look forward to a lot more sexy sessions like this one, we say bring it.

Photos: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot

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