Fashion Vet Weighs In On Blackface Editorial

Bethann Hardison sees editorial as a call to action.


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Fashion industry vet Bethann Hardison found the controversy dealing with Numéro magazine’s editorial which featured a white model in dark bronze makeup a call to action.

The spread, called “African Queen,” received much criticism on news and fashion blogs. Users expressed disappointment that a black model was not cast in the editorial that seemed created for a model of black descent.

“You don’t use the terminology ‘African Queen,’” said Hardison. “It normally goes towards someone definitively of a certain color.”

Numero magazine and the photographer who shot the editorial have both apologized for the photos.

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