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Vogue magazine has long been coined the fashion bible of the industry, and carrying such a loaded title allows them to make the rules, break the rules and sometimes push the envelope a little further than others are allowed. 

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Case in point: the Hurricane Sandy-inspired shoot that the magazine ran in their Rooney Mara-covered February issue.

Top models like Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen posed in looks from New York-based high-end designers alongside some of the men and women responsible for rebuilding areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The models are decked out in their finest next to Con-Ed employees, members of the National Guard, and the staff of the neonatal intensive care-unit at Bellevue hospital.

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While the photographs are clearly unrealistic (stilettos in flood water, come on) they still seemed to ruffle a few feathers, while some find the idea behind the shoot to be downright offensive. 

Vogue describes the concept for the Annie Leibovitz shoot as follows: 

When Hurricane Sandy hit, the city’s bravest and brightest punched back. With the area now on the mend, we paid these stalwart souls a visit, dressed up in the best of the New York collections. Call them New York’s other finest.

What do you think about the shoot? A little too soon? Check out the full spread in the gallery above. 

SOURCE: Vogue