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Vogue Italia Promotes "Tribal"-Inspired Shoot With White Model! Cringe-Worthy!

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Vogue Italia has definitely not learned its lesson from past mistakes.

But maybe the mag doesn't view them as mistakes, otherwise why would they keep making the same ones over and over again?

The March issue of the magazine features white model Saskia de Brauw in what can only be described as some type of "tribal" face paint.

Inside the spread, the Dutch model poses with stuffed animals in clothing meant to mimic "tribal-style" dress, including warp skirts and turbans, except that instead of being made from animal hide, the clothing is Chanel and Celine!

We're thinking Vogue Italia was definitely going for another inspired-by-indigenous-cultures editorial, which is problematic in many ways, especially because it fetishizes native cultures, and appropriates them in order to construct an "edgy" fashion story while ignoring the history of imperialism and oppression that plagued those very places where Vogue's editors are now drawing inspiration from.

It's baffling how the fashion world just keeps on promoting such offensive and insensitive material over and over again.

When will they learn???

[Image via Steven Meisel/Vogue Italia]

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13 comments to “Vogue Italia Promotes "Tribal"-Inspired Shoot With White Model! Cringe-Worthy!”

  1. Bongo says – reply to this


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    Erm, white people and Europeans weren't always civilised you know. Would have also, like the rest of the world, been tribal once. USA's history may be extremely short, but there is a world outsides it's borders that's been ticking along for quite some time!

  2. no says – reply to this


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    Another example of being over sensitive. This can't be serious. White people can also be in tribes, and have been in history. I can't believe this is even an issue. No wonder racism still exists, because idiots always make a big deal out of nothing. What a waste of an article.



  3. 3

    Fuck off - quit making issues over nothing. If the model had been black you would have bitched about racism, and this is offensive because… well, why exactly do you find it offensive jackass? Let me get this straight - nobody on the face of this planet should ever wear something that was inspired by something else… is that it?

  4. the werent says – reply to this


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    If its racist against blacks for whites to wear tribal paint then is it racist against whites for blacks to wear european invented cosmetic paints? And people wonder why asians are so reluctant about diversity in asia and N.K. locks it out with a fence. They see what us whites have to go thru and are in no rush to share the annoyance. The constant whining over trivial things. a large percentage of the hispanic race is the product of white latin European catholic men and tribal south american siberian origin women falling in love. Can latin white men at least wear tribal paints of their wives native ancestors? is that racist?
    Who can wear what? Nobody can keep up with all these rules.

  5. the werent says – reply to this


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    If tribes didnt trademark their paint designs.. then its up for grabs.
    They dont own it. The entire world dresses in western style clothing but as soon as a Westerner dresses in world attire… there is a problem.

  6. FGH says – reply to this


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    the question here is…when will YOU learn? there's nothing to be upset about, I think the only one who see this is you, there's no disrespect towards anyone.

  7. Sofía says – reply to this


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    Whys is this wrong but Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and "Roar" video are fantastic to you?

  8. the werent says – reply to this


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    Speaking of tribes, its a crime against humanity that the governments of countries that still have primitive tribes … are doing nothing to introduce them to the modern world. there is NO REASON why a 13 year old tribal girl living in the bush should ever have to point at a plane and ask their mom "what kind of animal is that?". NO REASON. There is no reason why some children should still be primitive in 2014 while western children are doing their physics homework on computers. But people would rather worry about western face paint than the sad state of tribal backwardness itself. People joke about how hillbillies are backwards But thats just a joke. I've had the pleasure of meeting real tribal people in my travels of africa as a child with my parents. They need rescue from REAL backwardness. And i dont mean "slinging bibles in their faces". I mean.. bring them into the modern world.

  9. rox says – reply to this


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    and if they used people of color, they would be accused of stereotyping.

    You make no sense



  10. 10

    You continue to show what an ignorant idiot you are.

  11. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    11

    This is a non-story.

  12. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: Bongo – Bingo, bongo.

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: the werent – Putting oneself in charge of what's 'best' for others who function fully off the grid is presumptuous. What about self determination? Non inteference? Are you acquainted with the concept of the Borg? On the other hand, a tribal soul who goes looking for adventure will certainly find it.