I tried to avoid it, but once I glanced at ELLE France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo’s Instagram photo of herself painted a dull and ashen shade of brown, with a curly afro sitting atop her head, I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I am so sick of writing about my disdain for people void of color, slathering some awful shade of brown on their skin for sh*ts and giggles.
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Apparently, Jeanne was attending a party called, “Icons” and chose to dress like my favorite fashion maven, Solange Knowles. Commenters called Jeanne’s look “perfect,” some even asking the beauty editor if she would consider wearing the “outfit” on Monday at work. SMH. Jeanne has since deleted the photo–automatically making her look guilty. Jeanne took to Twitter to literally apologize to everyone was disturbed by her painted face.
Nothing about Jeanne’s ignorant display is funny. What’s worse is that it seems Jeanne’s blackface has no point. Often times fashion magazines and designers from across the pond use blackface and disguise it as a bold fashion choice.That doesn’t make it any more acceptable, but at least it’s a bit easier to digest. It’s like eating the last bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with only a swallow of milk let. There’s a bothersome and slightly painful lump in my throat. Hard to swallow is an understatement.
I understand that high fashion often does things that are taboo and off-the-wall, but when it comes to painting your face brown, how come no one thinks twice about this being offensive? There’s so many colors in the rainbow if you’re feeling artistic and your face is your canvas. When will blackface stop being a thing?
What do you think about Elle France’s beauty editor, Jeanna Deroo’s blackface?
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