Vogue Australia

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Vogue Australia
December 2019 cover featuring Nicole Kidman and highlighting the magazine's 60th anniversary
Editor-in-ChiefChristine Centenera
Former editorsEdwina McCann (2012–2023) Kirstie Clements (1999–2012)
Juliet Ashworth (1998–1999)
Marion Hume (1997–1998)
Nancy Pilcher (1989–1997)
June McCallum (1976–1989)
Eve Harman (1971–1976)
Sheila Scotter (1962–1971)
Rosemary Cooper (1959–1962)
PublisherCondé Nast Publications
News Corp
First issue1959
Based inSydney

Vogue Australia is the Australian edition of Vogue magazine.[1] Vogue Australia became the 5th edition of Vogue in 1959 after Vogue, British Vogue,Vogue Paris and Vogue New Zealand.[2] Prior to becoming a stand-alone issue, the Australian edition was a supplement in British Vogue from 1952.[3][4] Australian Vogue occasionally has supplements: Vogue Business Australia, Vogue Man Australia, and Vogue Fashion Week Australia. In Australia, Vogue Living was first published in 1967.[5] Vogue Australia celebrated its 60th anniversary issue in December 2019 with Edward Enninful and British Vogue.[6]


Indigenous Australian representation[edit]

Elaine George became the first Indigenous Australian model to feature on the cover of any edition of Vogue with her September 1993 Vogue Australia cover.[7][8][9] Regarding her historic cover, George stated "I wanted to make sure I represented my people in the best way […] it was like bringing the rest of Australia on a journey. I had that opportunity to make way for the next young Aboriginal model".[10] In June 2010, 17 years after George, Dunghutti model Samantha Harris became the second Indigenous Australian model to feature on the cover of Vogue Australia.[11][12] This was followed by Awabakal model Charlee Frasers' cover in April 2018.[13]

Vogue Australia has featured the work of Indigenous artists and designers. The 60th Anniversary issue in December 2019 featured Yolngu model Maminydjama (Magnolia) Maymuru and artist Maree Clarke, among others.[14]

On the theme of "hope", for the September 2020 cover, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, Vogue Australia worked with the National Gallery of Australia to commission artist Betty Muffler, an Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara woman and Ngangkaṟi (spiritual healer) from remote South Australia, to bring hope and healing with her artwork Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country).[10][15] Of the cover, Muffler said, "Through my paintings you can see my Ngangkari work: watching over people and also looking after Country. My Country. This place is very important – we all need to look after each other and respect our home".[16][17]

Healthy body initiative[edit]

May 2013 marked the first anniversary of a healthy body initiative that was signed by the magazine's international editors—the initiative represents a commitment from the editors to promote positive body images within the content of Vogue's numerous editions. Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann explained:

In the magazine we're moving away from those very young, very thin girls. A year down the track, we ask ourselves what can Vogue do about it? And an issue like this [June 2013 issue] is what we can do about it. If I was aware of a girl being ill on a photo shoot I wouldn't allow that shoot to go ahead, or if a girl had an eating disorder I would not shoot her.[18]

The Australian edition's June 2013 issue was entitled Vogue Australia: "The Body Issue" and featured articles on exercise and nutrition, as well as a diverse range of models. New York-based Australian plus-size model Robyn Lawley, previously featured on the cover of Vogue Italia, also appeared in a swimwear shoot for the June issue.[18]

Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman, stated that "Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the wellbeing of their readers."[19] Alexandra Shulman, one of the magazine's editors, commented on the initiative by stating, "As one of the fashion industry's most powerful voices, Vogue has a unique opportunity to engage with relevant issues where we feel we can make a difference."[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vogue Australia. – National Library". www.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Condé Nast - Markets". www.condenast.com. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  3. ^ Anna, Anisimova (January 12, 2018). "Vogue Australia Index 1952–2011 V20180101". Figshare. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.5771490.
  4. ^ "Vogue Australia Index". Research Data Australia. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Condé Nast International | Australia | Vogue Living". www.condenastinternational.com. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "In Sydney, Edward Enninful Celebrates The Sixtieth Anniversary Of Vogue Australia". British Vogue. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  7. ^ "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Independence, art and politics". Archived from the original on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  8. ^ Hornery, Andrew (23 April 2010). "Rebuilding after coming apart at the seams: Indigenous beauty is back in Vogue". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  9. ^ Clements, Kirstie (16 April 2014). "The kind of magazine cover Australia barely ever sees". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  10. ^ a b Singer, Melissa (2020-09-25). "Inside the 'risky' Vogue cover that made history". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  11. ^ "Samantha Harris Uncovered". Vogue Australia. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  12. ^ "Samantha Harris to appear on the cover of Vogue Australia". Vogue Australia. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  13. ^ Team, The Vogue (2018-03-17). "Models Akiima, Charlee Fraser, Andreja Pejić and Fernanda Ly cover Vogue Australia's April 2018 issue". Vogue Australia. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  14. ^ Russell-Cook, Myles (2019-12-16). "Artists Maree Clark and Lyn-Al Young's unique collaboration celebrates their Indigenous heritage". Vogue Australia. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  15. ^ Cole, Kelli; Hartshorn, Aidan (5 January 2021). "Betty Muffler: hope and healing". National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 12 July 2021. This interview was first published in the Spring 2020 edition of Artonview.
  16. ^ "Aboriginal Artist Betty Muffler paints hope for the cover of Vogue Australia" (PDF).
  17. ^ Martin, Amy (2020-09-15). "The artwork chosen by NGA and Vogue to inspire hope". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  18. ^ a b Traill-Nash, Glynis (17 May 2013). "Vogue eager to make an issue of 'real' women". The Australian. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  19. ^ a b Milligan, Lauren. "The Health Initiative". British Vogue. Retrieved April 3, 2017.

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