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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 27, 2013 4:32AM
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would have been so much powerful if they said " we are one " instead of african queen........ they went too far. 


Feb 27, 2013 4:31AM
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BLAH BLAH....

 

BOTTOM LINE!! The model was intentionally DARKENED and LABELED and African Queen.... Now, if Charlize Theron was the model, it would be controversial BUT accurate (since she is Afrihaan and born and raised in South Africa)

HOWEVER.. guess what...we are ALL doing what the magazine intended....giving the piece ATTENTION and causing controversy!!! LOL

Feb 27, 2013 4:30AM
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why does her skin HAVE to be white if she is white?  White models wear all kinds of colors and make up on their face for all kinds of shoots so, I don't think they were making her look dark skinned in this photo just exotic.  Her skin appears brown and bronzed if anything she could pass as a Latina too.
Feb 27, 2013 4:30AM
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Her name is Ondrea and she's not black? Hard to believe
Feb 27, 2013 4:28AM
Feb 27, 2013 4:28AM
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This falls into the so f--ing what category...
Feb 27, 2013 4:27AM
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Just stop it, already. I understand but once a thief always a thief. You've stole everything from these people and your steady pushing the boundaries when is enough enough you've took dance,singing styles, way of dress case in point cheerleaders every move they ever came up with black girls they made friend with learned everything they could and then cased them away and acted like they came up with it. When black people are of use to us then there cool and everything is alright, but on the other hand when there not there just another N and you guys know it true...I loved what was said at the end about let me see a black girl do a Scandinavian Princess Please? Hmmm? what in the world is that about the nerve you boney little skeleton there are black women that would make you look stupid get over yourself you are not all of that. It's basically the white elephant in the china shop no one wants to talk about ooooh and miss (roseofs) well i've never seen a white women have black children but i've seen black women have white though ooh yes your modern africans in these days and times are white we are just a bunch of thieves' we basically stole africa anyway so the bunch of get over yourselves (jimprw) REALLY are you Serious are you that light head or did you not think before opening your mouth and blowing hot air... (ah mister Billock) SERIOUSLY i'm going to apply what was said to (jimprw) to you. I ashamed to be white. 
Feb 27, 2013 4:27AM
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The artist liked the woman's face, OBVIOUSLY! Then they used makeup to tweak the image. It is the artist's choice of how they want to express his/her perception! The only racists here are the people who turned this into a racist issue! Let people express themselves without such ridiculous uproars about someone else's idea of art!!
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