Vogue in 'slave trade' furore
Vogue Italia has come under fire for describing the fashion for large earrings as 'slave' jewellery, and drawing paralells betwen the current fashion and 'women of colour' who wore the earrings during the time of slavery. Italian Vogue has received criticism in the past for its attitude to race, in one incident using a white model blacked up one the front cover.
According to The Daily Mail, the controversial article in Vogue Italia included the following extract, 'Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops. If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom. Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on.'
McDonald's to Vogue, the lack of tact, cultural relevance and basic intelligence is simply appalling. In this latest example by Vogue Magazine, we want the ad removed IMMEDIATELY and we want a specific apology to Black women because Black womens' supposed slave narratives were used in the promulgation of the ad.'
Readers quickly took to the Vogue comments board to express their disgust, one writing, Are you out of your ever-loving-freakin'-mind?!!!!! What's wrong with you? Did you forget to take your meds prior to writing this horrific article? In your pea brain, did a little voice tell you this was okay? You must be kidding to think this was going to be an easy ride for you. How dare you pretend to be a fashion writer and not know the horrific history of Black slaves. You should be unemployed and unemployable. This is shameful!'
It is likely that Vogue will have to issue a public apology in the days ahead.