Two Brown Girls

A pop culture podcast by Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay

Oh, goodie! More racist fashion editorials! 

This time, it’s Diva magazine’s photospread entitled “Be My Slave.” Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel decided, for whatever reason, that the best way to showcase her fashions was via these seriously offensive images, which feature a white model clad in chic duds, accompanied by a little boy playing her “slave.

When confronted about the photos, Aqeel insisted that the spread’s concept was to bring awareness to child labor, and that the fact that the boy is dark-skinned and dressed in ~*tribal*~ gear was purely coincidental. 

However International Herald Tribune writer Salima Feerasta has quite rightly called bullshit on Aqeel’s flimsly excuse, sayingIt’s facetious of the designer to claim that she was trying to stimulate a debate on child labour. The model wearing her clothes is clearly comfortable with her dominant position. She is not made up in a way that shows her to be the villain of the piece. The use of a dark skinned child in a shoot entitled “Be My Slave” certainly reeks of racism, however much the designer may deny it. And if anything, the shoot seems to condone child labour.”

What do you guys think? Will the fashion world ever get a clue?

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    I think Aqeel’s argument is legitimate. I saw this spread and thought that must be what they were going for, and then...
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    I thought this was a photo shoot to get people thinking about racism and then I read what was written underneath and...
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    Why do designers repeatedly do this though? Why create something, and then infuse hate into it? Do they lack that much...
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    I feel like these should be posters for what not to do I wonder what the models felt about it