1. This is Vogue Italia’s March 2014 cover.
It features Dutch model Saskia de Brauw in high fashion looks and lots of face and body paint, posing with taxidermied animals.
2. The inside editorial by Steven Meisel, titled Abracadabra, portrays the white model in tribal warpaint.
3. And though there’s no explicit blackface in the pages, the shoot certainly does call up tired tropes about the “exotic Other.”
4. De Brauw’s limbs are messily bronzed, and she’s wearing vaguely ethnic facepaint.
5. The magazine’s blanket co-optation of “African” culture as a monolithic concept, defined as primitive, aggressive, and exotic is disappointing.
7. Fashion mags have a disappointing history of employing blackface and culturally appropriative images in their pages.
In 2011, Vogue Italia got in to trouble for referring to hoop earrings on their website as “slave earrings.” They later apologized for the gaffe.