Oil-Inspired Spread for August Issue of Vogue Italia Stirs Muck

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MIAMI (AP).- The model is in black, prone and dirty on jagged rocks, netting draped around her legs like a dead sea creature. There she is again, lying on her back in a feathered dress, and in close up, her hair and face sleek with oil. A stirring photo spread in the August issue of Vogue Italia was inspired by the Gulf oil spill, leaving readers wondering if the magazine crossed from evocative to insensitive. Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani understands the debate stretching from blogosphere to beaches and said the motivation is straightforward. “The message is to be careful about nature,” she said by telephone from Milan, Italy. “Just to take care more about nature. … I understand that it could be shocking to see and to look in this way these images.” The spread, featuring