The British edition of the Vogue magazine It has been criticized on social networks because the cover of the month of August presents the bay of Samaná full of solid waste as part of “the attractions of this destination”.
For the eighth month of the year, Vogue, which used the Reset theme, will publish 14 covers with images of landscapes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, Bulgaria, California (United States), Indonesia, Ireland, among other places.
“The August 2020 issue of #BritishVogue has brought readers from the Scottish isles to the Cornwall coast, embracing our appreciation rediscovered by the natural world through the #Reset theme. You could never have expected this level of enthusiasm in the reaction to British Vogue’s Reset covers, says editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, speaking of the reaction to the 14 specially commissioned landscape covers. In response to the problem, a new #VogueChallenge was born, and creators from around the world came up with their own “incredibly creative” performances, from Japan to the Dominican Republic, ”the UK edition account posted.
Immediately the image went viral on social networks, when a contrast with the other covers where attractive aspects of the selected countries are shown.
For her part, the photographer assigned to the Dominican Republic, Carmen Danae, said that she sent different photographs of destinations to the British Vogue magazine, however the one from the bay of Samaná was chosen.
“If we are unable to see that there is a problem, we cannot solve it. All those images were taken in our incredible and threatened Bahi´a de Samana´, a place that I consider as my house since my family is from Samana´ ”, Danae published.
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For my Dominican people, here are all the images that I uploaded for the #voguechallenge #voguereset I see that some have resistance to seeing reality as it is … To see the face of everything that not only It is beautiful but also what is currently threatened and screaming for our help. If we are unable to see that there is a problem, we cannot solve it. All these images were taken in our incredible and threatened Bahi´a de Samana´, a place that I consider as my home since my family is from Samana´. The images that do not have plastic are from the Los Haitises National Park, and the one that is contaminated, which was chosen by the editor, is from the Bajo Yuna Mangrove National Park, which is adjacent to the Haitises and pour its waters, and all that they carry, into the Bay. The vast majority of tourists are taken to the Haitises and consequently the Lower Yuna Mangroves that are just as or more spectacular than the Haitises have been completely drowned in plastic and in our garbage. I am very sorry that so many of you are bothered to see the harsh reality, but as an artist and environmentalist, my job is to show what has been ignored. Tomorrow is the international day of the Mangroves, an ecosystem extremely valuable for its ecosystem services and at the same time, highly threatened, we have lost more than 40% of mangrove forests around the world in the last few years. 2-3 decades due to deforestation. I hope that my images push actions that allow us to value them as our ancestors valued them, and that we can return to see all the mangroves of our beautiful country free of plastic and protected from deforestation.
He also said that he feels that some people have been bothered by “the harsh reality, but as an artist and environmentalist, my job is to show what has been ignored.”
The British Vogue magazine publication has more than 57,000 comments, including the outrage of various Dominican personalities who have defended Creole tourist destinations.
Actor Carlos de la Mota said that it is unacceptable for the country to be degraded in this way.
While the communicator Magnolia Kasse said that this image is manipulative and that she considers the Dominican Republic to be one of the best vacation destinations.
“That is not the Dominican Republic,” said social media influencer Carlos Durán.
Amado Alejandro Baez, advisor to the Executive Branch in health, tagged the account of Vogue magazine and shared “best representative photos of the DR”.
“Raising awareness for profit, through image, a proud and hard-working nation is simply irresponsible,” said the doctor in his account (@AleBaezMD).