May 22, 2015

Metal Magazine Does Blackface

The Fashion Law Exclusive – While fashion loves talking about a blackface controversy, a fairly recent spread has flown under the radar. Turns out, new face, Abel Van Oeveren, was shot by Johnny Dufort and styled by John Colver, for the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Metal magazine. The Barcelona-based magazine’s editorial, entitled “Transmission,” features models Charlie Adshead, Abel Van Oeveren, Tim Dufort and Ben Dufort and one particularly interesting image: Van Oeveren with a black-painted face. This follows some other recent fashion industry blackface controversies (think: Milan’s Disco Africa Halloween party, that Numéro “Afrcian Queen” spread with Ondria Hardin, and Vogue Netherlands’ May 2013 editorial). Much like Native American headdresses, this seems to be one theme that fashion continues to utilize despite the negative backlash that will indisputably follow.

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One Comment

  1. ADMK
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Not that condoning or excusing blackface is a worthwhile topic, but I think the difference with this is that it isn’t meant to represent actual black people or culture. Granted, whatever the intention was isn’t clear and the image of a white face painted black doesn’t bode well, but unlike the other editorials listed, it isn’t clear if this was a bold-faced attempt at imitation.

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