UK's Metro got to talking with Vogue Italia's outspoken editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, making sure to ask about all the hot button issues.
Sozzani is best-known for her controversial all-black issues and fashion spreads as well as her emphasis on plus-size models. Metro asked about these well-publicized projects and Sozzani said that her goal with these projects is to encourage dialogue:
You can use fashion to make a certain type of statement because it's in the media. [...] Of course it's exaggerated -- it was exaggerated to make an entire issue about black women -- but when you want to get a message across, you have to be exaggerated otherwise people don't get it. People asked me why I put a curvy girl in the nude on the cover. I say, because if she was dressed, you wouldn't realise what body they have.
It is important to feature such curvy girls, Sozzani says, because there is a serious body image issue in fashion and for all women:
Women are not proud of their bodies because the aesthetical code that is around us is skinny and young. That's why I created the makeover edition. And that's why I did this one now. Every woman has something beautiful, it depends how you feel. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, today would be considered curvy girls. We have to change our mentalities.
But who's the group that doesn't need fashion's support? That would be men, in whom Sozzani has very little interest:
I dislike men in fashion. I don't like it when a man dresses as a fashionista. I don't think it's attractive at all. Women in fashion, on the other hand, are very attractive. Women can always make you dream.
Watch to see examples of the men that Franca's not fond of: