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Still isn’t, never was, and what is wrong with people? Up-and-coming Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel is the latest to opt for controversy as her road to media coverage. In an editorial spread titled “Be My Slave” (literally, we are rage-shaking as we type this), DIVA Magazine showcases Aqeel’s luxuriant garb on a model being served by a dark-skinned child. He holds an umbrella over her. He sleeps on the floor in rags as she idly flips through an issue of Bazaar. He bows his head as she presumably orders him around. How could the designer possibly justify this stinking pile of racist excrement?
Following up on photographer Sebastian Kim‘s statement yesterday, Numéro has issued an apology for the offensive blackface editorial that ran in its March 2013 issue. Problem is, they don’t really seem to be all that sorry at all.
Photographer Sebastian Kim has released a statement in response to the controversy surrounding his “African Queen” editorial for Numéro, which stars 16-year-old white model Ondria Hardin painted in apparent blackface.
The fashion industry is by no means all bad, but it does have its moments of being incredibly tone-deaf and out-of-touch, and the latest comes inside the pages of Numéro‘s March issue, which features an “African Queen” editorial. But instead of, you know, hiring a black model, the magazine painted a white model in blackface.
Anthropologie has been known to hawk some unreasonably expensive, outrageously ugly wares. Remember that $2,200 beribboned rickshaw? What about the $800 paper mâché rotary phone? Today’s installment of eyesore comes in the form of the $398 “Trinket & Treasure” candlestick, a 21″ stack of junky flea market finds atop a brassy base. While some of the “trinkets” are harmless, albeit hideous, renderings of cacti and puppy dogs, others happen to enforce ugly racist stereotypes, as outdated souvenirs are wont to do.
If you make a mistake on the web, people will most definitely see it. And if you try to cover it up, well, that just makes it worse. Case in point: a racist remark in an article about Zadig + Voltaire‘s new hotel in Paris’ Left Bank.
For spring 2013, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sent out a collection inspired by their native home of Sicily, but some of the accessories, specifically several earrings, read more as questionable references to colonialism.
As we’ve mentioned in the past, the Styleite offices are right next door to a Hollister flagship. This means that every morning on our way to work, we have to awkwardly push past the slow-moving tourists on Broadway in order to avoid smacking into the shirtless teenage “models” that are always congregated just outside its (excessively fragrant) threshold. Although this is irritating, it’s no more than a minor annoyance. But it seems that the mall chain’s employees caused a much bigger disturbance at a store opening in South Korea last week.
The controversies surrounding Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas‘s look have not stopped. First, it was the 16-year-old’s hair, and now, it’s her nose.
Back in 2008, Ryan Lochte‘s sister Megan went on a crazy rant about Chinese people on a Baltimore talk show. We watched the gem last week, and were appalled and disgusted. But not one to be silent, she recently issued an apology and statement.
We all thought that the hot chick sitting on Ryan Lochte‘s lap in the back of a cab in London was, well, just that. But turns out that it was his sister Megan who we now know is a big ol’ racist.
France’s President François Hollande has stripped disgraced designer John Galliano of his Chevalier of the Legion of Honor award. Well, Hollande certainly took his sweet time — Galliano was found guilty of making Anti-Semitic remarks, and was fined a paltry $24,600 nearly one year ago.
Jean-Paul Guerlain has been found guilty of making racist remarks on French television during an interview in 2010. A French court fined the 75-year-old perfumer $8,000, as well as an additional $5,370 each to Movement Against Racism and for Friendship, SOS Racism Association, and French Representative Council of Black Associations, the three anti-racism groups that acted as civil plaintiffs in the case.
Yesterday the blogosphere was abuzz with news of fake Abercrombie & Fitch sale sites selling “N****r Brown” pants. Through a bit of internet detective work, we surmised that most of the sites were registered to users in China and that the proliferation of the pants across different sites was a product of web scraping. Now A&F has responded.
Is Abercrombie selling racist pants? No, but this is one offensive spam situation.
Concept for a magazine cover: Take a light-skinned Asian woman from a culture that promotes the use of skin lightening creams and surround her with dark-skinned women (scratch that, make it women in black face) with the cover line “Stepping Out of the Shadows.” Nothing amiss with that picture, right?
In hopes of putting an end to the thousands-strong protest on its doorstep, Dolce & Gabbana has formally apologized to the city of Hong Kong after one of the company’s stores there was perceived to have taken a racist stance against local citizens.
The Dolce & Gabbana store in Hong Kong that caused controversy when it stopped residents of the city from taking pictures of its windows has brushed off allegations of racist policies as hogwash. Still, that hasn’t stopped thousands of angry people from protesting outside the store.
Dolce & Gabbana has reportedly banned Hong Kong citizens from taking pictures of its Hong Kong store, even from the street. The reason? Supposedly so it can protect its intellectual property — though some believe the policy has racist motives.
After weeks of retailers making money from culturally insensitive, gender inequality-promoting and unreservedly racist t-shirts, a shirt advocating the hunting and killing of illegal immigrants has been pulled from the online shelves of Cafe Press.