French Vogue Does Black Face

The October issue of French Vogue, which is on newsstands now, has struck uproar with a controversial editorial spread that features Dutch model, Lara Stone.

The idea of stiring up controversy is not anything new for the fashion industry or French Vogue but this issue is defeniteley offensive to me. So why would seeing Lara Stone painted head-to-toe in dark brown makeup upset me? Well here's a little bit of history on "Black Face"...

Blackface dates back to the 19th-century and was a style of theatrical makeup that originated in the US. Minstrelsy. It was used to portray the stereotypes that Americans had of black people for ex: being the buffoon and the butt of every joke. The blackface was used to take on the appearance of the "happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation" or the "dandified coon ".

& this is why the editorial upset me greatly.
What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure blackface and what vogue is doing are completely unrelated.



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