Saturday, October 17, 2009
While Black Models fight for Jobs French Vogue Decides to Paint a White Girl Black
Just last week Harry Connick Jr., criticized an Australian television show for featuring white performers in 'black face' imitating the Jacksons. Now French Vogue is about to release an issue that features a white model in black face.
Why the editors felt this was in good taste is beyond me. Especially when they could have simply hired a Black model. There are so many who are scrambling for work in the industry and to choose to hire a white model only to 'make' her black is insane.
In the early 19th century it was quite common for Whites to appear in films and television as Black characters. With their faces painted black they depicted stereotypical images that are still seen as offensive today.
French Vogue has been known to print controversial images that invoke conversation and as a result increase sales. It's ironic that last year Italian Vogue featured and all Black issue promoting Black models and this year its like taking 2 steps back to paint a white girl black.
What are your thoughts?
Posted by Ivy Prosper at 1:12 AM