(Vogue / Annie Leibovitz) Vogue, the glossy magazine where spouses of the world’s most murderous despots get their news, sent Annie Leibovitz to photograph New York City’s many first responders for a feature celebrating their heroism during Hurricane Sandy. Though certainly well-meaning, why even have models in the frame at all?”Because it’s Vogue” is not an acceptable answer. It’s not difficult to find stories that provide context on how these first responders—firefighters, Coast Guard members, NYPD, ConEd workers, Bellevue Hospital staffers—helped real New Yorkers survive during the storm and its (continuing) aftermath.
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