Vogue Arabia Cover Attracts Backlash

Vogue Arabia Cover Attracts Backlash

Mitch Feierstein 8 months ago

The cover of Vogue Arabia's June issue, featuring a Saudi princess lounging in the driver's seat of a red convertible, has drawn widespread criticism as off-color after a string of arrests of activists fighting for a woman's right to drive.

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Critics, however, have accused the title of being out of touch with reality, pointing out that the photo of the princess in the car is inconsistent with the gravity of the crackdown women activists calling for an end to the ban have faced. At least 11 activists have been arrested since May 15, most of whom are women who have fought for the right to drive.

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Although several women have since been released, others remain in custody, including three prominent activists: Loujain al-Hathloul, who was previously detained for 73 days in 2014 after trying to drive from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia; Aziza al-Yousef, who, at 70, was one of the first activists for the right to drive; and Eman al-Nafjan, a well-known blogger.

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