It seems like for each great thing Italian Vogue creates, it does something equally as offensive. Vogue highlights black models and artists, but then refers to a style of jewelry as "slave earrings". Vogue discusses the emergence of natural hair on the runways, but then prints this Haute Mess editorial. You cannot speak highly of my heritage and then spit in its face with the same mouth.
As a model, I thank Vogue for all that is does for fashion. This iconic magazine has created some of the most memorable images in existence. But as a black woman, I am ticked off that Vogue continues to unapologetically offend my people. Stop hiding behind excuses like this is a mistranslation or cultural difference. No, this is pure racism. Don't get it twisted. The minstrel show is over!
Sound off: What do you think of the Vogue Italia spread Haute Mess? Homage or Mockery?
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