SINEM IN THE FAB HOUSE!
I feel like I am squatting on Nicola and Lara's blog, but I just had to put
pen to paper cursor to white box. Looking through one of my favourite fashion blogs Fashion Gone Rogue for some inspiration tonight, I came across this February/March Russh cover with Delfine Bafort styled by Stevie Dance and photographed by Will Davidson. At first, the thumbnail struck me as merely interesting, but it wasn't till I clicked on it to enlarge the image that it hit me as a little more outrageous than I initially thought... I started to bother me...
Have a look. What do you see?
White female model in a white dress - looking slightly vampish, slightly disengages from the men in the picture.
Black male models - with facial expressions and body language all connoting one single drive: Lust.
The cover line: One for All.
Not only did this distasteful cover and what I feel is the over-sexualisation of black (male) models disturb me, it also reminded me of another editorial in another Caucasian magazine not too long ago: "Start me Up" editorial with Alessandra Ambrosio, Rob Evans and TaeJahn Taylor photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath for January/February issue of Numero Tokyo.
Hmmmm... Let's see:
White female model treading the line between vampish and aloof? Check.
Black male models dressed in what resembles fetish loincloths? Check.
An all too obvious symbol of subservience in the form of a leash around the black model's neck? Check.
Over-sexualisation of 'the other'? Check.
Some may think I am overreacting - being what my country's people would phrase as "more royalist than the royals" - but such editorials do really make me wonder if we have as humanity moved on at all from idiotic stereotypes about race and sexuality - or are we just imposing them in all the more distasteful ways in the name of art?
Why is it that all too often when you spot a black male face in the white-washed fashion mags, it appears in an oversexualised form? Why is it that an editorial with a white female model and a black female model cannot be of a portrayal of equals? Or is the fear of - or perhaps fascination - with a lily-white yet vampish Desdemona and her 'demonic' lover, 'the other' Othello still so strong in the communal subconscious?
What are your thought? Racist or racy?