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Italian Fashion Industry Insiders Party It Up In Blackface At "Disco Africa" Themed Soiree

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You'd think the backlash Julianne Hough got for wearing blackface to a Halloween party would discourage others from pulling the same move, but apparently not!

A group of Italian fashion insiders took blackface to a whole new level over the weekend when they showed up to a "Disco Africa" themed party.

Designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua and some friends went as far as wearing minstrel makeup, which was used as far back at the 1800s to depict a stereotyped, caricatured version of Africans for entertainment.

Other costumes were equally offensive with some guests darkening their skin and wearing slave chains.


This couldn't have happened at a worse time, especially when Naomi Campbell and Iman are currently spearheading a campaign to rid the fashion industry of racism.

How could a group of "fashion insiders" get it so wrong?

See some of the costumes (below).

[Image via Zhanna Romashka.]

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6 comments to “Italian Fashion Industry Insiders Party It Up In Blackface At "Disco Africa" Themed Soiree”

  1. 1

    My god… it's Halloween, not racism. There is no intended offense at this. This isn't a case where a magazine should have hired a black model but instead chose to make a white woman appear black… this is people dressing up for a silly party.

  2. bobo says – reply to this



  3. Arianna says – reply to this


    HI Perez, I write you from Italy. The costume above mentioned, that you think it's racist against all the African people, here in Italy it's not exactly like that: the persons above depicted reppresented a very famous character of one of our old spots of a very famous brand of candies. I write here the link of the spot:

    I think they were not dressed like that to offend any kind of African person, they just wanted to pay homage to that character (in fact, if you see on their hands they have a sticker which is the brand of the candies). That's it.
    Hope I've been helpful in this story. Greetings from Italy.

  4. ARIANNA says – reply to this


    Ok there is no link in my previous message: if you are interested in it, go on youtube and write TABU SPOT ANNI 80.
    Thank you.

  5. 5

    I agree with both comments. Well said, Vanessa and Arianna

  6. oh shut up Euro trash says – reply to this


    If you are White you don't get to decide if this is offensive. White people love bringing up 'intent' to justify. Guess what you can always lie about intent. The final action speaks louder than an abstract thought of intent in your mind. This is flat out racist bullshit.