Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Artistic or rascist?

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I saw this on msnbc; it’s about a photoshoot with a white supermodel in blackface. It’s from French Vogue so most of the heated discussion was about it being offensive only because Americans are more conservative and blackface was an American problem. Blackface, however, did extend to Europe, being popular in Britain and although the intention for the photoshoot was probably not to be racist I can understand why people would be offended. It seems insensitive to use it because of the connotations and the past tied to blackface. I don’t think it would have been such a controversy if it weren’t for the fact that no black models were used in the magazine. What do you think?


Written by brecal

October 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

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  1. I agree. Considering Vogue been historically racist in terms of models they hire, it’s pretty strange for them to do this. Why wouldn’t they have black models if they just paint white models black? I guess they are just being extreme to attract attention and provoke thought. I’m sure they are functioning by the idea ‘any publicity is good publicity.’ I don’t think it’s racist for them to have white models painted black, but I do think it’s wrong that they have so few black women as models.


    October 19, 2009 at 12:19 am

  2. I think this is more of a strange concept rather then an act of racism. I just dont understand why not get a black model? The idea seems way past racist or artistic but completely insane.


    October 19, 2009 at 1:03 am

  3. I don’t think that Vogue’s intentions were to be racist, but rather to do something different or “creative?” However, I do agree that it seems quite awkward that they should’ve just had black models instead.


    October 20, 2009 at 1:04 am

  4. They might not have meant to be racist, but the Video mentioned that these specific pics were only printed in the French version of the magazine, so obviously they knew what those outside their country would think about it, yet printed it anyways.


    October 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm

  5. I also don’t believe that Vogue intentionally meant this to be racist. Although it is a strange concept and may not be acceptable to all, there are thousands of other magazine covers with equally eccentric covers. I believe that big name magazines, Vogue included, have multiple publications of the same magazine with different covers, models, stories, etc around the world. So I don’t think it should be the magazine’s job to police what can be taken differently between varying countries around the world.


    October 22, 2009 at 1:50 am

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