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Zee Fashionista: Daria Werbowy in controversial 'Interview Magazine' editorial


Daria Werbowy in controversial 'Interview Magazine' editorial

What would the fashion industry be without a little controversy now and then? The latest storm surrounds the Mikael Jansson-shot May 2010 Interview Magazine editorial featuring Daria Werbowy. Titled "Let's Get Lost", the editorial has been dubbed racist and highly sexualised by some, and artistically beautiful by others - either way, the editorial is provocative.
Fashion website Refinery 29 believes that, "From the differences in their dress (Daria's in ethereal, angel-like gowns, the others are in knits and leathers) to their body language (A limp yet super-sexual Daria is the main focus, the others feel almost like props), the whole spread has a rather racist vibe that we can't get down with... After all, regardless of what some say, fashion is at its core a political and social product - how power relationships are set up in editorials can speak volumes." Fashion Gone Rogue commentates that, "Unfortunately, it is the editorial's core cast of talented models such as Sedene Blake, Ajak Deng, Salieu Jalloh and Oraine Barrett that get lost in the misguided role of background noise." Whilst Fashion Bomb Daily is of the opinion that, "Daria is the ‘main girl' in the feature, but that's about as far as it goes. The differences in skin colour are only used for artistic contrast-to beautiful effect."

I don't think that the intention of the editorial was to portray any racial stereotypes, but I can see how some people might take offense to it. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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