Vogue has been widely criticized for its puff piece on Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad since it ran, but not much has come of it. Vogue zapped the article, “A Rose in The Desert,” from the web, and the article’s editor, Chris Knutsen, defended it, telling The Atlantic the piece was “a balanced view of the first lady and her self-defined role as Syria’s cultural ambassador.”
According to The New York Times, the article’s author, Joan Juliet Buck, also began speaking out against the Assad regime after it was published. But it took until now to hear from Vogue’s big gun, Anna Wintour.
Wintour issued the following statement about “A Rose in The Desert” to the Times:
Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms.
Sorry mass murders, a simply fab shoe collection is not enough to get you profiled in Vogue anymore.