The October issue of French Vogue
, which is on newsstands now
, has struck uproar with a controversial editorial spread featuring Dutch model, Lara Stone
. The magazine has a reputation for controversy and this month does not seem to be any different with its issue celebrating supermodels (cover: Kate Moss). The 14-page spread, shot by Steven Klein
and styled by French Vogue editor, Carine Roitfield
, was supposed
to highlight Lara's funny teeth and the fact she's not your ideal model size
(she's a size 4!) but why the Blackface
? Lara is painted head-to-toe
in dark brown makeup --- but surprisingly, there were no black or asian models
featured at all
in the issue.
History Lesson: Blackface
dates back to the 19th-century and was a style of theatrical makeup that originated in the US. Minstrelsy
, as it's called, was used to portray American stereotypes of black people being the buffoon and being the butt of every joke. The first minstrel show was in NYC around 1843 -- within a year it became extremely popular in America, then grew and flourished in Europe. Minstrelsy played a significant role in pushing and cementing racist thinking into society
Is French Vogue out of line for this editorial spread? What do you think?