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Vogue can get away with some daring spreads, but readers are speaking up over an oil spill pictorial. The particular Vogue in question is the August 2010 Vogue Italia, and Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani is standing behind the Steven Meisel-shot "Water and Oil" images, which were direclty inspired by the BP spill. Sozzani say "The message is to be careful about nature...just to take care more about nature." Still, models mimicking dying seagulls amidt oil-slicked's a bit too soon. [MSNBC]