Tuesday, September 28, 2010
What's So Haute about Blackface?
Here's a real head scratcher. Numero magazine shot an editorial with the stunning Constance Jablonski.
We're all familiar with fashion's fascination with painting their white models black and fitting them with afro wigs. It's so fetch.
Anyway, there's not much to say about this.
Different magazine, the same bag of tricks.
But why do fashion magazines keep doing it?
You know, a lot of the comments on the Jezebel post I read about Numero's October spread didn't seem to come from a place of anger. It seems people are genuinely confused about the Blackface trend.
What is haute about casting a white model, only to make her look black?
Why all the trouble when casting one of the many black models in the industry would result in an equally stunning editorial spread?
What's the point?
What is Numero, French Vogue, etc trying to tell the world?
Black is beautiful but not really?