Vogue Italia Does Tribal-Inspired Photo Shoot With White Models In Blackface
Is it us or is it becoming more and more of a marketing ploy for the international versions of Vogue to do fashion shoots featuring white models in blackface???
via E! Online
Looks like Vogue Italia has found itself in hot water yet again.
Back in January, the magazine stirred controversy for segregating its street style photos, and now Vogue Italia is getting major backlash for publishing a spread titled “Abracadabra” in its March 2014 issue. The photos feature Dutch model Saskia de Brauw in face paint to darken her skin posing next to taxidermied African animals.
The photos were shot by industry veteran Stephen Meisel, and this definitely isn’t the first time a fashion magazine has published blackface photos. Last May, Vogue Netherlands caused controversy for its “Heritage Heroes” spread featuring white model Querelle Jansen (also Dutch) posing in blackface.
It’s beyond puzzling how these photos get greenlighted by industry veterans who have worked in the business for years and should know that this type of editorial shoot will obviously offend.
Even if the magazine is clueless to the nuanced details of what makes this deeply offensive and wrong, clearly they can understand the basics of: white model + tribal face paint + taxidermied African animals = Not OK.
It’s the year 2014, and yet obviously the fashion industry still isn’t completely clear on the fact that blackface is never OK.
First comes the f**kery, then comes the super fake,”we didn’t know it was offensive,” apology. They might as well just save it at this point. We’re not buying. Are you?