WTF! Vogue Italia Promotes “Slave Earrings” As A Fashion Trend
Here’s a trend you won’t want to master.
Italian Vogue recently featured “Slave Earrings” in their online “Shop The Trend” section with the description, “Jewelry has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops. If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of color who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom.”
Not surprisingly, the hoop earrings’ name and description on the Web site sparked immediate backlash with many outraged fashionistas taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani quickly apologized for lack of style or sensitivity, and the feature showcasing the round accessories has since been renamed “Ethnic Earrings.”
“We apologize for the inconvenience,” Franca said. “It is a matter of really bad translation from Italian into English. The Italian word, which defines those kind of earrings, should instead be translated into ‘ethnical style earrings’. Again, we are sorry about this mistake which we have just amended in the website.”
Does changing the name to “Ethnic Earrings” really make it any better? Supermodel Iman doesn’t think so.”Is it controversial? Yes. The naming of it, I don’t get it,” Iman told Fashonista.com. “I sometimes wonder in this age of reality shows has it become part of the language—the more controversy the more [buzz] it creates. But yeah, I didn’t like it. Slave does not make it ethnic. Mind you, it’s not lost in translation—the word slave, we know what it is. They might as well have called them ‘n!*ga earrings.’”
Would you buy a pair of these gold hoops (just a thought: maybe they should just call them that)?