Vogue editor regrets cigarette shots

French Vogue’s former editor Carine Roitfeld regrets using cigarettes in so many of her fashion shoots.

After several years as the magazine’s editor, Roitfeld left her post in January. Since then she’s embarked on new projects, including penning a tome called Irreverent.

It contains her favourite images she’s been involved with, and Vogue.com has published a sneak peek.

French Vogue's former editor Carine Roitfeld

French Vogue's former editor Carine Roitfeld

Roitfeld says she wishes she had never shown models smoking in her pictures because she knows it probably had a profound effect on many young women.

“The book is dedicated to my husband, who quit smoking seven months ago,” she says.

“When he decided to stop smoking, I said, ‘My God, it’s too bad I didn’t try to help him to stop before’.

“Now I decide I will never use a cigarette again in any shoot.

“When you’re doing fashion pictures, you’re talking to lots of figures; some are very young, and they’re like sponges. So if your girl is smoking a cigarette, they can say, ‘Oh, my God, it’s smart to smoke a cigarette, it’s good for the look, so I’m going to have one, too’. And it’s totally stupid.”

Roitfeld also discusses how the fashion industry nurtures talent. She worries it’s too hard for rising French designers to get backing, and hopes that will change in the future.

“Here in France I’ve seen some very good young designers, but they don’t have this ability to be good businessmen, too. I think America gives you this,” she says.

“Maybe one regret I have about Vogue Paris is not to be more helpful for young designers.

“It’s true when you have a magazine, you have more power to help.

“My last issue was dedicated to young designers. OK, it was the last issue, but it was a beginning.”

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