Blackface, despite all its negative connotation and proven degradation, has appeared on the pages of Numero magazine’s latest issue.
But this isn’t the first time. Blackface has become the latest (and most disturbing) of all fashion editorial trends. If it meant never having to see it again, we’d willingly put our better judgment aside and indulge in the extremely questionable Fall fads of faux fur coats and latex dresses.
French model Constance Jablonski is the latest to turn from model to minstrel act.
But she takes her black power to another level; after all, black power is nothing without an afro and a black baby to match. (And a field to sit them in because civility and black culture can’t go hand-in-hand. That’s absurd!)
Though Jablonski’s artificial “Mommy and Me” photo spread is far from the first in the Blackface Blow-Out Sale, it doesn’t take the sting out of seeing it.
First, it was Lara Stone in French Vogue, then Sasha Pivovarova in V magazine, then Tyra Banks, in all her ground-breaking, history-making glory, felt the need to have her “America’s Next Top Model” contestants don face paint during a “challenge.” What was the challenge, TyTy? The Plight of A Black Woman?
Claudia Schiffer (see: another supermodel that should’ve known better) followed suit in a Stern Fotografie magazine spread of Karl Lagerfeld’s work.
We wish these magazines would’ve come to us if they we’re having trouble finding and booking a black model.
Take your pick, idiots.