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Vanguard Allure says No to Domestic Violence with a thought provoking Editorial

Muna Okey-Nwosu

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Domestic Violence is a deadly virus eating deep into the very fabric of the society, even from a thousand miles away, you can perceive the stench, the decay it lies in its wake, victims rather keep it a secret than letting the whole world see them as being weak.

Most times, victims live a life of lies and self-deceit, going on as if all is well, sunshades and makeup become the best selling products to help mask this pain and anguish.

In the past few months, there have been reported cases of violence against women that did actually lead to the death of the victims.

It is advised that once there is an abuse of a physical or emotional nature in any relationship, the victim should report to the relevant authorities.

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Meet Hadiza who committed suicide by slitting her wrist:

Hadiza has lived a life of pain and sadness. Married at a young age to a man that was forced on her by her parents, always bruised by her husband, low self-esteem became her second name, she has gotten used to lying about her black eyes, makeup and concealers became a favorite must have for her, she has found out that the secret to getting away with lying is by believing it with all your heart, that went to lying to herself more than she lied to another..

She laid by her bedside, she had given up and had no more strength, she slit her own wrist and watched in pain as her eyes beheld her last sight.

Meet Folake who was pushed off a building:

Year after year, her faith that one day, she will change the man she has come to call her husband. The man she has taken his last name, the man who she’s had her offsprings for, the man who beats her up all the time. The man who forgets that she is a woman that bruises easily, the man whose temper surges like the deep waves of the ocean. The man who pushed her off a building.

Chioma was shot to the head in an alley:

Just like a leopard cannot change its spots or a tiger its stripes, so will a misogynistic psychopath not be able to change his inert behaviour.Chioma had seen the warning, signs, it was staring right in the face but how could she notice them? She was more concerned about being Mrs Somebody, her parents taunted her, her family made light jokes about her age and not been able to get married… Her friends were all married with kids so she lived a life of constant comparison.

Chioma had seen the warning, signs, it was staring right in the face but how could she notice them? She was more concerned about being Mrs Somebody, her parents taunted her, her family made light jokes about her age and not been able to get married. Her friends were all married with kids so she lived a life of constant comparison.

She had finally hooked the big fish, a three-time divorcee. he had shown his hatred for women but she stayed. After a minor argument, Mr Somebody shot Chioma and dumped her in an alley.

You don’t have to wait to end up like Hadiza, Folake or Chioma before you can voice out your cries.

Disclaimer: The scenarios depicted in this graphical images are solely the ideas of the editor and that of the creative director and his team, any relation to a domestic abuse victim whether dead or alive is purely coincidental.

Credits
Words and Creative Director: Nelly Mesik
Photography: Trans4maz Photography
Stylist: Rhoda Ebun
Makeup: Adella Makeup
Hair: Tessy Hair
Designers: Telvino Bespoke, Raffy Collection, Weiz Dhurm Franklyn,
Models: Aduke Shitta-Bey of Beth Models and Nkem.

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4 Comments

  1. Regina

    September 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

    This isn’t thought provoking. It’s the glamorization of the pain and suffering of women, and a whole bunch of nonsense. Instead of thoughtful portraits of survivors, Vanguard chose to contort models into heroin chic-esque poses that focus on the outfits.
    There are real women with real scars, real burns that won’t be cleaned off with a makeup wipe. Those women are not always statuesque, don’t wear high fashion, and this travesty diminishes their stories of survival and strength.
    This is lazy, unclever editorial work from the Vanguard. They aren’t even the first to do something like this http://perezhilton.com/cocoperez/2014-04-04-vogue-italia-horror-movie-steven-meisel-editorial-cover-movie.

  2. Fisayo

    September 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I think it’s a good effort and I embrace any attempts made by influential bodies to highlight and condemn the scourge of Domestic Violence. Is this portrayal perfect? No, but it doesn’t have to be in order for the message to be effectively conveyed.

    The only criticism I have ( or should I say suggestion) is that it’s important to be aware that even in the cases where domestic violence doesn’t lead to death, it is almost as destructive and traumatic ; the physical, emotional and mental scars often requiring decades of therapy and care to recover from/overcome. One of the dangers of Dv is danger, but there are indeed other potent risks which are not as fatal and definitive as death, but equally as devastating. I’d suggest that you feature a broader range of stories touching on the wide ranging impacts of DV. For some victims, death is even deemed a better option than a lifetime of torment at the hands of the abuser.

  3. Fisayo

    September 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Typos in previous post, corrected below..

    I think it’s a good effort and I embrace any attempts made by influential bodies to highlight and condemn the scourge of Domestic Violence. Is this portrayal perfect? No, but it doesn’t have to be in order for the message to be effectively conveyed.

    The only criticism I have ( or should I say suggestion) is that it’s important to be aware that even in cases where domestic violence doesn’t lead to death, the effects are almost as destructive and traumatic ; the physical, emotional and mental scars often requiring decades of therapy and care to recover from/overcome. One of the dangers of Dv is death, but there are indeed other potent risks which although not as fatal and definitive as death, are equally as devastating. I’d suggest that you feature a broader range of stories touching on the wide ranging impacts of DV apart from death. For some victims, death is even deemed a better option than a lifetime of torment at the hands of the abuser.

  4. ICrossmyheart

    September 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I hope they know that cheating is a type of domestic violence. Emotional and mental torture. And in many cases leads to diseases.

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