Seriously, black face is wack. No question about it. But the real question is why publications continue to do it time and time again.
Following the controversy surrounding Numero Magazine’s editorial “African Queen,” which featured a white model in black face, Vogue Netherlands proved they didn’t learn a damn thing when they released an editorial spread of their own featuring a white model with her face painted black and hair that ignorantly alludes itself to the texture of black hair.
Model Querelle Jansen stars in the May 2013 issue’s “Heritage Heroes,” sort of a retrospective editorial of some of Marc Jacobs’s work for Louis Vuitton. The styling of each look is, we guess, somehow meant to illustrate the inspiration of a particular collection. Marc Jacobs found inspiration in African-American cultural icons for his Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 collections–Josephine Baker and Grace Jones, respectively.
No excuses! There are plenty of black models that could have filled in for the likeliness of either of those iconic women.
Although Vogue Netherlands is a relatively new Vogue that launched in March of last year, the offense of blackface is not very new at all. In fact, it is SO 1830 and will never lose its sting of offensiveness, so high fashion, let’s please stop trying to make blackface happen, it is SO not fetch.