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An unidentified person demonstrates planking. (Facebook page photo)
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Is the planking trend over? Not for Vogue Italia Add to ...

Sick of the planking craze? Vogue Italia isn’t.

To the delight and disgust of fashionistas, the magazine has published a photo of model Stella Tennant, dressed in a waist-cinching corset and high heels, planking on a table in its September issue. Planking, the Internet trend of posing in photos lying face-down, reached a peak earlier this year, when even celebrities like pop stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry began taking part. The mania for planking in unusual places even prompted safety warnings in May, when an Australian man fell to his death while planking on his apartment balcony.

Almost as soon as the phenomenon took hold, however, newer, wacky posing trends have taken over, such as “ Horsemaning,” an illusion meant to make one appear headless, like the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. (The trick requires two people – one person to pose with their head hidden from view, while the other hides his body and shows only the head.) There’s also “ Stocking,” which involves photo subjects posing in the same manner as stock art images.

So it’s perhaps no surprise that some are rolling their eyes at Vogue Italia’s adoption of the silly and old-by-Internet-standards planking trend.

“Why in the world is she Planking here? Is this a joke? Are we supposed to be amused by this??,” one commenter writes in an online forum on TheFashionSpot.com.

“...planking...i mean, come on now,” another writes.

Other fashion followers, however, find the magazine’s take on planking refreshing.

“What’s wrong with having a sense of humor? Just because it’s VI it should only be epic/fierce/whatever?” a commenter on the same Fashion Spot forum responds.

“Planking in VI, I see nothing wrong with that,” writes another.

What do you think? Fun or unfashionable – is the planking trend dead?

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