This past summer, I finally felt ready to accept my invitation and claim my position in the Vogue empire. I charged my laptop the night before and woke up early to fill out my application. The application prompted me through question after question regarding how long I have been reading Vogue to what expertise I would provide for the community. Everything went successfully until the last question. I was asked my age. After supplying this information, which is 16 years, I was prompted to a message that told me I must be 18 to be a member along with an apology. This is something that they could have told me so that I did not waist 10 minutes carefully filling out their questionnaire.
Less than a week later, I discovered another Vogue community experience known as the Condé Nast Style Society. To avoid recounting the full details to you twice, I have provided the description of that experience following the few photos below in an email that I crafted for Vogue on August 30th, 2015.
My name is R’Nelle CyRe’ Collins (pronounced ar-nell suh-ray Collins), and I am an avid reader of Vogue. I just recently subscribed to Vogue by mail and look forward to receiving my next issue.
I have a fashion blog called https://rnellesclassicreations.weebly.com , and I just put up a review on the September issue of Vogue.
I have wanted to be a part of the Vogue community for some time and was thrilled when I read about the Vogue Insiders as well as the Condé Nast Style Society. I started an application for the Vogue Insiders and Condé Nast Style Society but was turned down because I am sixteen. I will be seventeen in November, but that does not make a difference regarding the message I encountered during my application. I was shocked when I was prompted through every question of the Vogue Insiders application just to be shut down at the end where I was told I must be eighteen by Melissa Halverson, the Vogue Insiders Director. The Condé Nast Style Society told me there wasn’t a place for me in their society at this time after entering my age. As a reader of Vogue and a maven in fashion, that response is not one that pleases me—it is disheartening. I would treasure being a contributor in the Vogue community whether it be through these organizations or some other means, and I would bring you my best.
I eagerly await your response as I cannot wait to share my experience with my fellow readers, friends, and followers.
R’Nelle CyRe’ Collins
My disappointment does not solely lie in all the money that I put into Vogue. I am also dissapointed because there are these communities out there that put on a facade of friendliness with welcoming gestures and exclude individuals because of their age. My age does not define my knowledge or what I can do. It does not define my maturity or capacity to be apart of societies such as the Vogue insiders. It is simply my age. Yes, it is significant especially in regard to other things in this world, but not whether I should be admitted to share ideas with those who are interested in the same topics and realms as me. No one seems to really consider or cater to those in the outskirts. Take modeling for instance. Most places want girls who are at least 5'9 or above. There are a few exceptions, but we're told that is what makes a real model. Obviously this is not true. Even with petite models, most organizations want girls who are 5'3 or below. No one really considers the middle girls. What about the girls who are 5'5 like me? Or any height around that? What about the girls who are over 6ft who are told that they are too tall? Where do we get included into the model world/community? Yes, this is a bit different than the Vogue situation. The nature is still the same though.
Thank you lovelies,
I hope you have an amazing week.