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Female literary figures, suicide and clothing fashions?

Bad taste doesn't begin to describe Vice.com's recent photo spread that used fashion models to depict female literary figures in the act of committing suicide. Apparently the idea was to use authors like Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf to sell clothing, but it drew the ire of just about everyone. The piece was entitled "Last Words." I guess they thought that was clever. Vice pulled the piece after receiving a barrage of complaints. 

 

I've only included one b&w photo as an example of how revolting the spread was. Dorothy Parker tried but wasn't successful at suicide. Did Vice really think this would motivate someone to rush out and buy that dress? As one critic put it, "suicide is not a fashion statement." 

 

Vice Published a Fashion Spread of Female Writer Suicides [Updated]