Vogue Photographs Mrs. Zelenskyy in the War Zone

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    It could be said that this war has the greatest value for production. Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zlenskyy are involved in a war of propaganda. It's easy to understand why so many in the West have a Ukrainian flag on their social media accounts when you remember the clever creation of videos on the fighter pilot that never existed, to the story of the brave soldiers that died in the battle at Snake Island.

    It was mostly deceptive with a touch of truth. It was also a parade of dignitaries from all over the globe who were visiting the war zone. It was a relaxed atmosphere. Instead of her husband, Jill Biden was there. Boris Johnson, the former British Prime Minister, was also there. U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attended. Even Senators Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D.Ct.) were together with Zelenskyy to snap photos to show they were there. After making deeply troubling assertions about the conflict, Graham and Blumenthal were both presented with plaques.

    Vogue recently released a photo spread with Olena Volodymyrivna Zilenska, the First Lady of Ukraine in the magazine. The spread is a follow-up to positive profiles published in various other magazines, including People, Today, and Parade. The outlets put together their stories by utilizing Zelenska's professional profile and public statements. Vogue sent an interview crew into a war zone.

    Zalenska, as with her husband, comes from the entertainment business. It seems like they could use their talents for playing a character and staging for the photoshoot. Zelenskyy is seen directing the shoot and staging what seems to be an airplane that was shot from the air by Russian pilots brought into a hangar for the shoot. The videos are meant to entertain. It's difficult to think of what moms from Ukraine who were watching their husbands fight against the Russian Army might think about Zelenska's dramatic hairstyle, makeup, and daring poses.

    “’We have no doubt we will prevail.’ As the war in Ukraine enters an important critical new phase, the country's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, has become a key player—a frontline diplomat and the face of her nation's emotional toll,” the Twitter post read. 

    America has spent billions of taxpayer dollars in Ukraine without supervision of how the equipment or money is being utilized. We don't have to see glowing pictures of wives of corrupt oligarchy leaders who are fighting other corrupt leaders. Most Americans just want them to put an end to the conflict. There is a greater chance this will result in a significant conflict between powers around the world the longer it continues. This possibility is not supported by the United States.

    Vogue ought to have visited the hospital in order to feature the people injured by the war. Instead they could interview the wounded soldier, detained by Zelenskyy, who's family is wondering about his situation within the refugee camps in Poland. Or they could even tour the refugee camps. They might have talked to the mother of a soldier who lost her son in combat. They are easy to locate as they're all over Ukraine. While many Americans aren't keen on the thought of a war between left-wing globalists in the World Economic Forum and leftist nationalists from Russia, China, and Iran that is fought by proxy, we feel a great deal of sympathy for Ukrainians who are caught somewhere in between.

    This isn't the only example of poor judgment from Vogue. Vogue published a profile in 2011 about Asma an Assad who is the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The profile was titled “A Rose in the Desert” and they praised the couple for being a “wildly democratic”, family-focused, and vacationing in Europe. They also promote Christianity and feel at ease with American stars. By 2012, Assad’s army had killed 5,000 Syrians, including children. Vogue deleted the article, but the Internet is forever.

    It is possible that this piece might be likewise rejected by the publication, based on what happens. It has been a wonderfully manufactured conflict by Zelenskyy to date. And yet however much one side would like to see martyrs and warlords, the majority of the time neither side emerges looking good.

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