The fashion industry seemingly thinks it’s exempt from donning offensive blackface for fashion spreads or just for fun. ELLE France’s Beauty Editor Jeanne Deroo is the latest offender. Over the weekend she posted an Instagram photo of herself in blackface and an Afro wig.
Every few months an international fashion magazine uses blackface for a fashion spread. After online criticism, said publication apologizes and claim they didn’t intend to offend. Whether it’s fashion designer Alessandro Dell’ Acqua wearing blackface to a “Disco Africa”-themed party or Vogue Netherlands doing an entire blackface editorial, blackface is always offensive.
But everyone hasn’t gotten the memo about blackface’s ugly history of racism.
Commenters on Deroo’s Instagram post called the blackface picture “perfect” and even asked her if she was going to wear it to work on Monday. Considering ELLE France recently named France’s black Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira, its woman of the year, the editor’s choice to sport blackface is a step backward.
One must wonder if people don't know any better or just don't care. Most likely it's latter.
(Photo: Jeanne Deroo via Instagram)