An edition of the popular fashion Bible contains a seriously awkward mistake that has left one woman “heartbroken and devastated”.
Noor Tagouri’s lifetime dream was to be featured on the popular fashion bible and she’s been hoping that one day she’d get on one, finally she got her hands on an edition of American Vogue last week, she could hardly contain her excitement.
That’s because the journalist and activist had been featured in the fashion Bible’s pages this month — a lifetime dream for the 25-year-old.
But her excitement soon turned to heartbreak when the Muslim woman turned to her picture — and spotted a devastating mistake.
Noor Tagouri, a journalist, activist, and speaker was mistaken for Noor Bukhari, a Pakistani actress. In her words, she lamented:
I’m SO heartbroken and devastated. Like my heart actually hurts. I’ve been waiting to make this announcement for MONTHS. One of my DREAMS of being featured in American @VogueMagazine came true!! We finally found the issue in JFK airport. I hadn’t seen the photo or the text. Adam wanted to film my reaction to seeing this for the first time. But, as you can see in the video, I was misidentified as a Pakistani actress named Noor Bukhari. My name is Noor Tagouri, I’m a journalist, activist, and speaker. I have been misrepresented and misidentified MULTIPLE times in media publications – to the point of putting my life in danger. I never, EVER expected this from a publication I respect SO much and have read since I was a child.
Misrepresentation and misidentification is a constant problem if you are Muslim in America. And as much as I work to fight this, there are moments like this where I feel defeated.
To its credit, Vogue has issued a full apology to both Tagouri and Bukhari, and has publicly owned up to the error on social media.
“We are sincerely sorry for the mistake. We were thrilled at the chance to photograph Tagouri and shine a light on the important work she does, and to have misidentified her is a painful misstep,” a Vogue Instagram post reads.
“We also understand that there is a larger issue of misidentification in media — especially among non-white subjects.
“We will try to be more thoughtful and careful in our work going forward, and we apologise for any embarrassment this has caused Tagouri and Bukhari.”