Elle magazine has come under fire after staging a controversial fashion shoot around the theme of North Korean ‘military chic’ and posting an image of a soldier standing next to a model in camouflage trousers.
Detractors have accused the title of ‘deplorable ignorance’ in green lighting such imagery -which was described by Elle as promoting a ‘bold and androgynous look’.
Accompanying text on the Elle website read; “Some iteration of the military trend stomps down the runways every few seasons. This time, it's edgier, even dangerous, with sharp buckles and clasps and take-no-prisoners tailoring."
Speaking to The Telegraph Ken Kato, director of human rights in Asia, voiced his displeasure at the piece. Kato said: “If they knew anything about North Korea - more then 2 million people starved to death by the regime, child slaves, public executions, infanticides in detention facilities, threats of pre-emptive nuclear strikes - they would never have shown North Korean military fatigues as a fashion trend.”