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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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Feb 26, 2013 11:41PM
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This just in from nearly everyone (living and dead), "Wah"!
Feb 26, 2013 11:41PM
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I just want a black woman to be on  European Magazine cover. All africans are not black but when it comes to the title of an African Queen one would think she would be portrayed as black. If this model is African then I stand corrected but if SHE IS NOT AFRICAN, I dont really see the logic in this cover. So people really need to shut the hell up. I'm freakin gorgeous and I'm black but I would love to be on a European cover hmm I wonder if someone will give me a cover and paint my face white. TO IGNORANT **** PEOPLE WE KNOW ALL AFRICANS ARENT BLACK, OUR QUESTION IS WHY THE HELL DID THEY DARKEN HER SKIN IS SHE IS SUPPOSE TO PORTRAY A WHITE AFRICAN. POINT PROVEN!!!!!
Feb 26, 2013 11:41PM
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Tarzan, King of the Jungle, was a White fictional character created by someone who never went to Africa.  Now, you have a White woman depicted as an African Queen.  All of a sudden now White people can be African!  The only way White people associate themselves with African-anything is if they are in control of it! 

Of course, this is racist nonsense but, notice the game of semantics people play when they say even White people can be African.  I have never seen any depiction of a Black person as King or Queen of Europe.  This depiction of a White "African" Queen has been done to further White supremacist lies just as Tarzan has in the past.  White supremacist lies are the root of racism and evil.

Feb 26, 2013 11:40PM
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This is exactly the reason why African American is not descriptive of black Americans. Not all African nations are "black".
Feb 26, 2013 11:40PM
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Really sad that white people can't have their own magazine, beauty pagent or college without it being racist, but totally acceptable when black people have that. 
Feb 26, 2013 11:40PM
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You do know there are white people in Africa, right?
Feb 26, 2013 11:40PM
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I just got to ask, why?  There are plenty of gorgeous black African models. I don't even have an issue using a white model because there are white people in Africa. I just don't understand the body paint.. Either make her black or white... I just don't understand why they did this.
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