Vogue Italia: the controversy continues

Last week, Vogue Italia caused anger across the world after publishing a remarkably insensitive article about 'slavery' jewellery worn by African slaves in the last century. The journalist who penned the story received shocked comments and calls for her sacking. Now iconic model Iman who weighed in, criticising the crass sentiments behind the story.

In the original article in Italian Vogue, an idiotic journalist wrote, '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.'

Speaking about the anger caused by the article, Iman said, 'Is it controversial? Yes. The naming of it, I don’t get it. I sometimes wonder in this age of reality shows has it become part of the language - the more controversy the more [buzz] it creates. I didn’t like it. Slave does not make it ethnic. Mind you, it’s not lost in translation - the word slave, we know what it is.'

According to Vogue, their 'ethic' shoot was inspired by style icon Ethel Granger, who was an aficionado of African jewellery, and also (randomly) held the Guinness World record for having the world's tiniest waist-span. Writing about Granger, Vogue said, 'The marvellously eccentric Granger experimented with looks that were way ahead of her time, variously sporting large tribal-style nose rings, cheek and lip studs and multiple earrings decades before it was common for women to even pierce their ear lobes.'

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