Goodwin: Not that into meat…or vegan outfits.
Lately, the editors over at W magazine have got a thing for veganism, sort of, or rather, sort-of-veganism. The V word is popping up all over their editor’s blog this Spring. First there was the W Online Exclusive The Best Vegan Accessories, which couldn’t battle with Andrea’s response list and wasn’t entirely vegan thanks to a Stella McCartney cashmere sweater. The list was soon followed by The Trails of a Fashion-loving Vegan-in-Training, in which aspiring vegan editor Dana Wood (who composed the vegan accessories list) lamented the painful irony of being an animal lover/ Farm Sanctuary supporter who, like mainstream media’s vegan sweetheart Kathy Freston, can’t resist fashioning herself in animal products like wool, silk, and a little leather trim.
Most recently, W magazine continues to tap into the vegan trend with an editor’s blog post titled “She’s Just Not That Into Meat” on actress Ginnifer Goodwin, star of HBO series Big Love and chick-flick He’s Just Not That Into You. The article cites Goodwin’s explanation of how she went vegan for concerns of both her own health and the treatment of animals. But wait, what’s she wearing? It has to be faux, right? Nope. Click on over to the main W article on Goodwin and we learn that while she’s not wearing much (as all good “vegan” celebrities should), everything she is wearing is made of leather and silk, save a pair of jersey underpants and tights.
Um. Okay. I think it’s super that Goodwin isn’t eating animal products and that she’s being outspoken about it. And while I wish people would stop wearing animal stuff, I really don’t care what Goodwin wears when she’s just chilling out in Hollywood. Still, I do find it terribly annoying that she and W are using veganism as a way to drum up extra web copy, publicity, and street cred, but totally drop the ball on presenting it as a lifestyle that can embrace fashion. After all, shouldn’t a magazine of W‘s caliber and supposed recent interest in veganism have the resources and wits to style a “vegan” celebrity in something other than leather S&M fetish attire? Bummer!