We are huge fans of both Anna Dello Russo and Crystal Renn. As such, an editorial styled by ADR and starring Renn should be something we’re really into. We’re not.
ADR oh-so-innocently posted a behind-the-scenes video of her most recent Vogue Nippon shoot with Renn. All of the clothes are sparkly, star-spangled Dolce & Gabbana threads, and Renn poses like the pro she is. But there’s a huge problem. Renn’s eye’s are taped so that she appears Asian.
This is only slightly more subtle than the use of blackface in fashion magazines, and just as offensive. If they wanted an Asian-looking model (which would make sense, given Vogue Nippon is a Japanese magazine), then they should have cast an actual Asian model. And if they wanted to cast Renn, they shouldn’t have tried to change her race.
We recently saw American Vogue do a similar thing to another one of our favorite models, Karlie Kloss. Kloss shot a spread in China for the September issue, and she’s not only styled to appear Asian, she is also photographed in the most stereotypical of situations.
Check out the photos and video of Renn below. Do you find the editorial offensive?
this is some kind of spaceship or something.