A dark stain hides nothing: Lara Stone painted in black face by French Vogue

Photography: Steven Klein

Styled by: Carine Roitfeld, editor-in-chief

As you can tell from the title of this blog post French Vogue has again courted controversy by having supermodel, Lara Stone painted in blackface for the magazine’s October 2009 issue.

First things first, and let me get this out of the way by saying “What were they thinking?” I mean really? What point are they trying to make by taking a white model and changing her appearance to look like a black woman? Apparently, cultural sensitivity did not register in some of the minds of French Vogue’s staff. Historically, blackface was used in American theatre to portray racial stereotypes of African Americans.

I love fashion but there are times when it takes one step forward and then two steps backward hindering its progress, and when this happens I shake my head in wonder and frustration. The magazine said “it was unaware it had caused offence, but declined to make any further comment” (Ian Sparks, Daily Mail).­

I could go on a super DUPER long tirade about this but Amy Odell, writer for The Cut, did a fantastic job of commenting on French Vogue’s mess up. Click here to read her blog post.

Information from The Cut, The Daily Mail and Jezebel. Images from Jezebel.

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