Vogue Portugal defends controversial mental health cover

Vogue Portugal defends controversial mental health cover

By fijivillage
Monday 06/07/2020
Vogue Portugal recent magazine

Vogue Portugal has responded to criticism over its depiction of mental health treatment on a recent magazine cover saying its aim was to "shine a light" on the important issue.

The "Madness Issue" features a woman in a bathtub in a hospital setting with a nurse pouring water over her head.

Mental health experts and sufferers said the cover depicted a "dystopian" and "outdated" idea of treatment.

Vogue Portugal said the image was intended to "start a discussion".

"The cover story explores the historical context of mental health and is designed to reflect real life and authentic stories," the publisher said in a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday.

"Inside the issue features interviews and contributions from psychiatrists, sociologists, psychologists and other experts," the statement added.


View this post on Instagram

THE MADNESS ISSUE. COVER 1/4 It’s about love. It’s about life. It’s about us. It’s about you. It’s about now. It’s about health. It’s about mental health. #themadnessissue It’s about time. . Edição julho/agosto disponível em vogue.pt/shop Nas bancas disponível a partir de 10 de julho. ___
 July/August issue available at vogue.pt/shop Newsstands available from July 10th. . Photography @branislavsimoncik Styling @ninaford_ @nemamconaseba Hair @janmolnarofficial Make up @lukaskimlicka Models @simonakirchnerova Assistants Branislav Waclav / @PatrikHopjak / @fosia.rvs @exitmodelmanagement . #vogueportugal @lighthouse.publishing #editorinchief @sofia.slucas #creativedirection @jsantanagq

A post shared by Vogue Portugal (@vogueportugal) on


'Very bad taste'

Portuguese model Sara Sampaio said images like the one portrayed on the Vogue Portugal cover "should not be representing the conversation about mental health".

Ms Sampaio, who said she had suffered with mental health issues herself, said she considered it "very bad taste".

"It looks like its in an [outdated] mental hospital" that used to "torture" patients, she said in a video posted on social media.

She added that it comes at a particularly sensitive time "because of Covid and the way that mental health has been dealt with" while many people have been isolated or directly affected by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.



Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
Womens Rugby World Cup 2022
Quarter-final qualification is now the goal for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s following their 21-17 victory against South Africa.
105 days ago

Queen Elizabeth II passes away
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
135 days ago

Fiji wins Melrose Cup after 17 years
Fiji wins the RWC 7s title after 17 year drought
137 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
WAF trying to restore water supply for thousands affected along the Suva-Nausori corridor
Thousands of people along the Suva to Nausori corridor affected by no water supply or low pressure from last night are uncertain as to when supply wil...
3 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Rihanna to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl
Rihanna will perform at halftime of Super Bowl 57 on the 13th of this month. The NFL is going back to the traditional setup of a singular act ...
2 hours ago

FBI search President Biden's Delaware home over classified documents
The FBI is searching President Joe Biden's home in Rehoboth (Reh-Ho-Berth), Delaware as part of an investigation into classified documents. In a ...
2 hours ago

Year 8 exam results out today
Fiji Year Eight Examination provisional results have been released today as the Education Ministry has recorded a 62 percent pass rate compared to 69 ...
3 hours ago

Children are held back from saving - Fisher
National Coordinator for the Financial Management Counselors Association of Fiji, Lagi Fisher, says parents in Fiji and around the world are one of ...
17 hours ago

Navitilevu villagers in desperate need of water
Villagers from Navitilevu in Navosa say they have been calling for assistance for many years as they need water tanks as a back up to their water ...
17 hours ago

TOP