It seems that blackface is still "in" for some prominent people.
After several high profile incidents in the fashion world, another preeminent person decided to sport the controversial look.
French Elle beauty editor Jeanne Deroo posted an Instagram photo (which she has since deleted) which shows her wearing dark makeup on her face as well as an afro.
We have to agree with Jezebel's opinion that the editor "looks like a damn fool."
Unfortunately, some of Deroo's followers didn't see the problem with her "beauty" look and called her ensemble "perfect" and wondered if she would wear it to the Elle France offices. (Coincidentally, Elle France just put French justice minister Christiane Taubira, who is black, on their "Woman of the Year" cover.)
Jeanne issued an apology via Twitter, which reads (translated from French to English):
I realise how much the fact of painting oneself brown is an offensive act. I didn’t realise the seriousness of my action when I went to a private party last Saturday evening, which the theme was “Icons”, and where I chose to embody Solange Knowles, of whom I am a fan. During this private party, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram without intention of hurting anyone. I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies. I would also like to indicate that this picture published in a private context does not involve in any way the french ELLE magazine I work for, and I am sorry for the prejudice it has caused.
These dubious decisions have been plaguing not only the fashion universe (see Numéro's "African Queen" photo shoot and Vogue Netherlands' Louis Vuitton spread) but Hollywood as well, most noticeably Julianne Hough's Halloween debacle.
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