'Theresa May is a fantastic role model': Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman praises the shoe-loving PM for 'showing the younger generation you can be powerful AND enjoy clothes'
- British Vogue Editor praised Prime Minister May on Good Morning Britain
- Alexandra Shulman told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that powerful women who take care of their hair, nails and clothes are good role models
- Magazine editor was discussing her 'real' women November Vogue issue, which doesn't feature any professional models
Might designer shoe devotee Theresa May be a potential cover star for British Vogue?
Editor of the British fashion bible Alexandra Shulman told ITV's Good Morning Britain today that the Prime Minister was a 'fantastic role model' for younger generations.
Mrs May's choice of footwear has been a talking point since she took up permanent residence at Number 10 in July...and clearly fashion doyenne Shulman hasn't failed to notice.
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The longest serving editor of Vogue told Good Morning Britain that she'd been frustrated by the fashion industry's 'model-only' policy on lending clothes
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Shulman said: 'It's so important that we show, particularly a younger generation, that you can be powerful, that you can work in industries outside that celebrity and glamour, but also be interested in your nails, your eyelashes your clothes, your hair.
She added: 'Because if we don't how can we encourage our young women not to just want to be models, or singers, or reality TV stars, so women like Theresa May who is not ashamed to actually show that she enjoys her clothes, and dressing, and make-up are fantastic role models in this way.'
The PM said recently that the nation's obsession with her shoes gives her an excuse to buy more pairs.
May's colourful - and often designer - footwear has been the subject of much media coverage, something which the PM says she doesn't mind
Best foot forward: Theresa May was called a fantastic role model by the Vogue editor
Asked at the beginning of the week by Good Morning Britain if the focus on her shoes was sexist, Mrs May replied: 'It is interesting people focus on my shoes.
'I don't think they focus on Philip Hammond's or Boris Johnson's in quite the same way. Do I regret the fact that people look at my shoes? Hey, it gives me an excuse to go and buy new shoes.'
Meanwhile, Vogue Editor Shulman said the November issue of the magazine would feature 'real' women.
Shulman told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that she'd decided not to use any models in the latest edition of the magazine in protest at designer's 'model-only' lending policy on high fashion.
The magazine's longest serving editor explained her decision, calling the stance by certain fashion houses 'insane'.
She explained: 'A colleague rang me to say she was was struggling to get clothes to fit actresses - quasi-real people.'
She continued: 'This is insane. You can't even get some clothes for actresses that you want.
British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, the subject of a recent BBC documentary, appeared on Good Morning Britain today telling presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that fashion houses had refused to provide clothes for actresses, preferring models to wear their label
'I thought: wouldn't it be interesting to say, okay, we're not going to use models for one issue and all of the clothes will be shot on women who don't model for a living.'
Shulman said the problem actually had little to do with the size of the clothes, more that couture designers were only wanting models to wear them.
'The point had nothing to do with size. In this particular moment, the fashion industry weren't keen to lend the clothes we wanted for a diversity of people. They preferred to lend to be worn on models.'
And when grilled on the magazine's responsibility to provide realistic role models, she said: 'I think you'll find that in fact most of those women [in the November issue] were not an 8, they were more like an 12/14...perfectly representative.
'We do feature a lot of people that are larger than a model size but the reality is most models are slimmer.'
Shulman said that the November issue of the magazine features a diverse range of women who are different ages, shapes and sizes
Heading up 'The Real Issue' is Emily Blunt who, Shulman said, offered some of the escapism expected from the fashion bible while introducing a variety of 'real' women inside the edition
When pressed on whether the magazine would feature real women in future issues, she said while there was a 'shift' towards larger models, most were still very slim and sample sizes were still on the smaller side.
The one-off real women issue features career women styled and shot for Vogue but carries Emily Blunt on the cover. Shulman said that the magazine had a responsibility to the younger generation to say it's fine to be powerful and glamorous.
She told Morgan: 'It's so important that we show the younger generation that you can work outside of that industry of celebrity and glamour but also you can be interested in your eyelashes, your nails, your clothes, your hair.'
The magazine was also recently the subject of a BBC Two documentary called Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue, which saw documentary maker Richard Macer spend nine months filming in the run-up to celebrations for the magazine's centenary edition.
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