Models + Blackface = New Fashion Frontier?

Recently the fashion world has been getting regular folk up in arms over a wave of controversial shoots evoking imagery similar to the once highly popular and now highly offensive practice of blackface. Back in the day, performers would sport dark, garish makeup and parody African and African American people. And now it seems to be making a troubling, subversive comeback in the fashion biz.

 

Africa's Next Top Model, the reality show

This should be good. Africa is getting it’s own version of Tyra Bank’s hit show, America’s Next Top Model. Hosted by supermodel Oluchi Onweagba (pictured), the show will be scouting beautiful girls from Liberia, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal and Liberia, among others. Though it is meant for the whole continent, the first installment of the show will take place in West Africa. The winner will score a “lucrative international modeling […]