8 Reasons Why This Photo Is Everything That Is Wrong In The Fashion Industry
Russian magazine Buro 24/7 posted a photo of socialite and Garage Magazine Editor-In-Chief Dasho Zhukova sitting on a bounded black woman for an interview on 20 January 2014
20 Jan 2014, Miroslava Duma’s new online magazine Buro 247 published an article on Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova. The illustration? A serene looking Zhukova sitting on a ‘black woman’ chair.fashionbombdaily.com
The Editor-in-Chief of Garage magazine perches on a black ‘dummy,’ (not a real human) who is nude save panties, a garter belt, elbow length gloves, and knee high boots, her folded knees suggestively pushing her naked breasts against her body. As Dasha stares out at the camera in the light filled room, she appears the total opposite of the compromised black woman on the floor.fashionbombdaily.com
Needless to say, people were offended and disgusted by the racist nature of the photo, forcing the editor, Miroslava Duma to issue a statement and apology.
“Buro 247″ is run by Miroslava Duma, the girlfriend of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The magazine has since cropped the chair out of the photograph.
Duma posted the offensive image to Instagram before deleting it in the face of a barrage of critical comments.
Buro 24/7 has since edited the colour and cropped the photo. Here are 8 reasons why Garage Magazine has opened up a can of worms with their shocking artistic direction:
1. Modern day ignorance is the only explanation as to why the photo was posted on Martin Luther King Day, a day where the world honours the man who led the emancipation of black people from slaves to citizens.
2. The women-furniture sculptures that were designed by Allen Jones in 1969 were a reflection of the experiences of women in that era. It was never meant to be sat on.
Today Mr Jones said: “It’s obviously a copy of my sculpture and I supposed I should be flattered.
“I never meant the chair to be sat on.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen someone using it as actual furniture and I think it would be rather uncomfortable.”standard.co.uk
In Jones's view ‘because these 3 sculptures of women are recognisably representational it is less obvious that the sculpture is not about being naturalistic. They are not so much about representing woman but the experience of woman, not an illusion’.tate.org.uk
3. The art direction of a white woman sitting on a black woman evokes a totally different definition to the art work
The black woman is barely clothed, bound up, and clearly objectified. She is being used as the sexual object elevating the white woman.
This image says, “We might accept white women as equals, people with value beyond their bodies, but not black women. Never black women.”women24.com