Blackface in French Vogue?

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    Mar 01, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Not sure if this was discussed since the story is from October 2009 but I thought it was an interesting piece and photo shoot.

    http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2009/10/french_vogue_shoots_lara_stone.html

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    To me, this doesn't seem like blackface as we know it here in the States. When I think of blackface, I think of Al Jolson in the Jazz Singer or any number of portrayals of blacks in the first half of the 20th century, i.e. over exaggerated red lips and big eyes.

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    I think it would have been an even better shoot had they had a black model progressively turning lighter and putting her together with Lara Stone as she turns progressively darker.

    It's photo shoots like these that place French Vogue (as well as Italian Vogue) far and above the American edition. American Vogue, time after time, uses bland actresses and commercialism to sell magazines rather than concentrating on fashion as art, controversy, and an awe-inspiring form of creativity. But then again, American Vogue caters to an entirely different set of cultural demographics.
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    Mar 03, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
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    Nadja Auermann from a French (!) photo magazine, 1996.