EDITORIAL + OPINION: Let’s Get Lost
by Mikelle S
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So I presently am at home without 24/7 wireless access to the internet. This of course means that my already sporadic posts may become even more sporadic and I may begin to make more mostly text posts due to posting from Zeke, my phone. Because of this I checked my Google Reader yesterday and found about 200 posts in it. I dutifully began going through them all and found this editorial. I didn’t really read any of the comments because I usually don’t when I have so many posts to go through, but I did finish studying the editorial with a nasty taste in my mouth.
As you can see, the editorial features Daria Werbowy modeling among many models of African descent. Contrary to what some believe all the models aren’t black, I noticed and went searching for the name of the one Brazillian model that is featured, Lisalla Montenegro.As a black male, and hopefully future creative director, I’ve found so much wrong with this editorial that at first, I refused to comment, much like the Interview offices when asked about this editorial. Not wanting to be one of those people that I accuse of always assuming conspiracies I just waited for a while before finally saying my clip on it.
The editorial’s use of an array of models of color is commendable. I will start off by saying that. In my book though, the ends(utilizing many models of color) do not justify the means(positioning these models as if only props and a backdrop for the singular caucasian model). Not only does placement signify this, but the styling and positioning of these models suggests a dispoability that I’m not exactly comfortable with. If I only think a tad bit I could very well see chains on these models, and it has become a scene from a slave house. The sad part about it is that this technique has been used in many other editorials with many men and one singular female. The difference is that men have not historically been discriminated against and put into this position.
I am saddened that Mikael Jansson(photographer) and Karl Templer(stylist) have created an editorial that has unfolded in this manner. I’m a new subscriber to Interview and have yet to actually receive the issue that has this editorial featured in it, but I hope that somewhere there is a valid reason that these models have been used as haphazardly as “blackssessories.”
See the rest of the editorial here