Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani is (naturally) defending her magazine's controversial current cover story, which features a cast of top models in outlandish wigs and hair pieces and gold grills toting babies, eating fast food, and taking pictures of themselves with their jeweled cell phones. The fact that many of the styles mimicked in the story are associated with poor people of color — and in several cases were ripped directly from source photos of black women that have circulated for years as targets for online mockery, "People of Wal-Mart"-style (note the similarities between the photos at center and right shown above) — has led numerous publications (including ours) to raise questions about classism and racism in the spread, and in fashion generally. But Sozzani — who flatly denied that the online images were the real source images, which, come on — isn't having any of it. In fact, Sozzani thinks her critics are crazy. And she means that very literally. After paying lip service to the idea of "mak[ing] a discussion" and how she "respect[s] everybody's opinion," New York asked Sozzani if she accepted the criticism that the spread was classist. Sozzani snapped back:
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