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Vogue's former editor Alexandra Shulman speaks out against reaction to her bikini selfie

The 59-year-old posted a candid bikini photo on social media back in August

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Hanna Fillingham
US Managing Editor
7 September 2017
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In August, Alexandra Shulman won praise after sharing a candid bikini photo of herself during a summer holiday. The former Vogue editor, who was branded "beautiful," "brave" and "normal" by fans as a result, admitted she was surprised by such a reaction in her column for Business of Fashion. On Thursday, the 59-year-old spoke out about her decision to post the photo, writing: " I thought the bedroom looked pretty in that typically Greek way, faded blue paint and ironwork, and that the slightly fuzzy image had a free-spirited appeal." She continued to add: "Never in my wildest imagination had I thought that sharing a picture of myself looking very similar to how many women of my age look on holiday was something remarkable in any way."

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Alexandra Shulman spoke out about the reaction to her bikini selfie 

Alexandra went on to question why fans were intrigued by her "normal" appearance given her former role as a fashion editor. "Of course, as a card-carrying member of the fashion industry for over a quarter of a century, “normal” is not how you are expected to look. Why would someone who is part of the fashion world do such a thing?" she said.

The former editor of Vogue at her leaving party last month

Alexandra also revealed that she had taken the photo before going on a boat trip during her trip to Greece. The well-deserved break followed her last day at Vogue on 2 August. Her departure came as a surprise to many, having spent 25 years at the helm of the fashion bible. Speaking of her departure from the fashion bible, the fashion editor said: "It has been very hard to find a rational reason to leave what is unquestionably a fascinating and rewarding role but last autumn I realised that I very much wanted to experience a different life and look forward to a future separate to Vogue."

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