French Vogue‘s 13 page spread caused outrage earlier this week and I’m sure, by looking at the image above, you’ve noticed why. The October issue of the magazine features 4 photographs of 25- year- old Dutch model Lara Stone with a blacked out face and body. The spread was shot by Steven Klein and ‘ethnically’ styled by the magazine’s editor Carine Roitfeld.
Some say it’s an interpretation of high fashion but painting white people black for the entertainment of other white people is so inextricably offensive that it stands entirely apart from cultural context.
Ironically, the issue, which is promoted as the Top Models Special, doesn’t feature any black models. This clearly communicates that they’d rather hire a European/white model and turn her black rather than actually hire a black model- it’s not as if they’re lacking in numbers. It’s a shame but the issue of racism in the fashion industry feels like a broken record.
Speaking of regression, this YouTube video of an Australian blacked out Jackson 5 tribute act also raised a few eyebrows this week. American singer and actor Harry Connick Jr, who was a guest judge on the Australian variety show expressed his shock:
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Lordy, Lordy! From ‘happy slapping‘ to ‘happy splashing’. An investigation has been launched after a video- posted on YouTube– showing a motorist from Devon, England splashing kids at a bus stop, came to the attention of police.
According to officers, the 29 year old female driver got in touch with her local police station a week ago to confess.
The passenger, who admittedly doubles up as a rather facetious commentating cameraman, is heard saying: “Here we go, ready to drench the kids!” A few soaked kids and roughly ten seconds later, he says: “That was brilliant! Awesome!”
Watching the video for the first time, I was a little shocked especially as it looks and sounds like a mean premeditated splash attack but ashamedly I found it hard to contain my laughter.
The driver claims that the children asked to be splashed. Now, I understand that some kids love playing in puddles but this could have ended up as a freak accident. Not only that, but as a holder of a full driving licence, she really should have known better.
Having watched the video a few more times and read reports on the incident, I reckon it was all blown out of proportion.
Take a look at the video below and draw your own conclusion.