The publication was still criticized for ignoring the arrests of women’s rights activists.
On the cover of the June issue of Vogue magazine for Saudi Arabia , Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud, Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud, appeared posing behind the wheel of the car. Thus, the publication welcomed the lifting of the ban on driving for local women.
On the photo Haifa bint Abdullah Al Saud poses behind the wheel of a red convertible, on the cover is written “Driving Force”. The princess told Vogue that there are “many conservatives” in Saudi Arabia, but she still supports the changes. The editorial board added that “it celebrates the abolition of the ban” along with Saudi women.
Despite the support of women from Vogue, many criticized the magazine for the cover of the June issue. As noted by The Guardian, users of social networks did not like that the magazine did not mention the arrest of political activists, advocating the lifting of the ban on driving. Some even replaced the face of the princess with the faces of detained activists.
After @VogueAlArabiya thought it’d make sense to feature HRH in June 2018 issue on “trailblazing women of #Saudi Arabia” & their driving, Saudi women have taken to Twitter to object & replaced her image with 3 of arrested activists labeled as “traitors”: Aziza, Loujain, & Eman. pic.twitter.com/SOZA28YS72
— Nora Abdulkarim نورة الدعيجي (@Ana3rabeya) 31 May 2018
In September 2017, the King of Saudi Arabia signed a decree authorizing women to drive a car. However, to obtain rights, women will still need to ask permission from men. Shortly before the ban was lifted , several activists who were fighting for women’s rights were arrested in Saudi Arabia .