Vogue Paris: Lara (MNSFW)
Vogue Paris October 2009
Photographer: Steven Klein
Model: Lara Stone
Fashion Editor: Carine Roitfeld
We rarely use this word when it comes to fashion, but this is flat out offensive. Rather than using a model of color for this shoot (and the industry is well aware of how bad its reputation is for not using models of color enough), Klein and Roitfeld decided to use a white model and put her in black face.
We wouldn’t have this blog if we didn’t have a love of fashion, but even we have to admit that sometimes the fashion world is so insular and so removed from reality that it winds up pulling a stunt like this, something that would never happen in any other mass mediated industry. We don’t see white people in black face on television anymore (except Mad Men), or in films, or on the stage, or in the music industry. But the fashion industry blithely forges ahead, completely oblivious of the world around them.
Models:Maria Pia Bongol/Yulia Merzlyakova
Model: Eugenia Mandzhieva
Model: Isabeli Fontana
Model: Karmen Pedaru