Vogue Australia COVER x Zinnia
Zinnia featured in, and for the cover of @VogueAustralia
(see full article here)
"I am the first Indian on the cover of Vogue Australia in 6 decades (62 years), and also the first Ecologist on the cover of any edition of Vogue in history.
Growing up as a South Asian Australian, I never saw anyone that looked like me in media and I wished to magically change myself into a blue-eyed, European blonde with eurocentric facial features so often valorised on TV, covers and media.
South Asians are the most populous minority in Australia & the UK. For too long we have been invisible, excluded from accessing spaces in mainstream fashion & media. Pushing our existence to the fringes of fashion, exotified, caricatured & appropriated.
However, for minorities long excluded, I hope this is the beginning of a new consciousness. Campaigning since 2016, we have been pushing the boundary year upon year, refusing to believe in the status quos glass ceiling (though it still tries to limit us).
I hope 2021 & beyond will spark a continued conscious change. Where all Australians, all minorities globally (& here in the UK), can see themselves reflected in fashion & media. There is much work to be done to increase ethnic access & systematic social belonging. Working independently & with Vogues Diversity Council, I will continue pushing the boundary, pushing invisible ethnic minorities who have been systematically excluded from fashion for over 100 years. As well as making sure the conversation of sustainability, inclusion & ecology are being had in fashion." - @ZinniaKumar
Photographer: Lena C. Emery
Stylist: Morgan Pilcher
Hair Stylist: Keisu Keterada
Set Design: Samuel Pidgen