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'African Queen' editorial uses white model

French fashion magazine features white teen model painted in blackface.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Feb 26, 2013 9:01PM

Photo: Numéro magazineThe fashion world has been known to push the boundaries of what’s socially acceptable and without a doubt, stir controversy.

In the March 2013 issue of Numéro magazine, 16-year-old white model Ondria Hardin appears drenched in a very deep bronze for a fashion spread called "African Queen,” reports Jezebel.com.

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Hello! This would have been the perfect opportunity to hire a black model, as there are fewer job opportunities for non-white models. Eighty-two percent of the models at New York Fashion Week this season were white, cites Jezebel.

More than 150 people have commented on author Laura Beck’s article, including this one from “fashionlady”

“Can I just say as a young black model (I'm a girl) having worked my ass for the past 3 years, this hurts my soul. I'm happy for Ondria as a person but the amount of times I have been told ‘oh sorry we already have a black girl that looks like you’ or ‘most of our clients dont hire black girls, sorry’ and then I see THIS, it pisses me off! There are so many beauitful black models out there working TWICE as hard for barely half the recognition and the only time they give a shit about us is when they need our dark skin for some ‘ethnic’ photo shoot and in this case with Ondria, they couldn't even be bothered. Can I see a black girl do SCANDANAVIAN PRINCESS please? Hmmm?”

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This is not the first incident a magazine has caused a cultural stir.

In 2009, Vogue was accused of racism for using photos of white model, Lara Stone, with her face and body darkened in brown make-up.

Do you think it’s okay to use a white teen model in an "African Queen" spread?

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2868Comments
Feb 26, 2013 11:10PM
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Not all Africans are Black.   I do understand the point, but think there is no reason for it.  People just looking for a reason to be negative, and trying to find something wrong in everything.
Feb 26, 2013 11:10PM
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Wah,Wah, Wah.  Seems Africa has not only one shade of individual.  Is the spread about fashion, style, rather than skin?  Then the same should be said about some companies that are Italian Owned but have black spokepersons for several Obama years.  Fashion, food, and other things need not be one tone of flesh.  We cut, we bleed, we are all the same.  We are really all one people.  It is just stupid stereotyping and hatred that makes problems in the world.  I think the photo is beautiful.  Great photography, beautiful model, and I love the look on her. 
Feb 26, 2013 11:10PM
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"fashionlady" shows us who the real racists are!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 26, 2013 11:10PM
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Maybe no one should assume that there is only a "black" African queen. If you are a cultured person you know there are white and black Africans but what the media and our society assume is that with high fashion you need a "white" African not a "black" one! You don't see "white" Africans when they want to "sell" the impoverished in Africa! Nope, you see little " black" Africans. Where are the "white" Africans when they were shooting that commercial for National Geographic?? It's a double standard if I have ever herd one mystic78! Call it what it is...Sad!! Don't try and explain away the insult. If you are Caucasian your "white" privilege will not allow you to see that wrong is wrong regardless of the color!!
Feb 26, 2013 11:09PM
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I don't see a controversy.  Not all "African Queens" are negro, some are even - gasp - white.

Get over it and get a life.

The racists occupying the White House won't be there forever, so it's OK to exhale.
Feb 26, 2013 11:09PM
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How do we know this is a white woman?

She is working for a living and ain't on welfare or SSDI.

Feb 26, 2013 11:09PM
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so what,there are white people in africa too.

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