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Black Face In French Vogue?+Real Housewives Demanding Syndication Money?!

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So there is a 14-page French Vogue spread featuring model Lara Stone in blackface/black body coming out. It's sending lots of folks into an uproar.

Some folks say this was a cheap gimmick with an empty purpose. Others say it's an interpretation of high fashion. But what are your thoughts?

In other news, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" are clamoring around trying to get artist credentials. Why? So they can get a cut of the big bucks Bravo is about to ring in off their syndicated episodes of the show on their sister networks. The issue is: EVERY housewife signed a contract stating they would not be paid as an actor due to the "reality show" nature of the program. But y'all know that's not stopping these Atlanta Housewives. Here's what one of them allegedly said about it:
“This is some bull shit, we’ve been fighting their as* for the longest to keep the show from going to syndication without us making a dime … Damn, we not getting a dime and they making all the money… WOW … They can play the show forever and we will never get a check that aint right.”
Source Probably should have negotiated that before signing that contract all quick because you're extra excited about being a "star". Speaking of these chicks, the previews for tonight's show are under the cut... Tonight on a new episode of the Real Housewives of ATL, Shereé has just 4 days until the "She by Sheree" fashion show and invites her friend over to preview her samples. But when she reveals that Dwight is helping to produce the show, the two get nervous that he can pull it all off with Shereé’s vision. Meanwhile, Kim gets a surprise from her wig stylist when he comes over to prep her for an event, and NeNe is shocked when her uncle sets up an impromptu meeting with the man claiming to be her real dad. Will she be able to go through with the meeting?
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Why not "red, yellow or gray"

Why not "red, yellow or gray" face. Why does it have to be black face? I'm not buying it. It's antagonizing the "All Black" Italian Vogue from last year. And we know that the French are not known for being "forward thinking."
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MsDonnaGirl: RHOA- No

MsDonnaGirl: RHOA- No comment. Oh, just one:Silly birds.French Vogue- I just don’t think that the publishers would be so shortsighted as to do something to intentionally alienate a good part of their readership. Whether or not using a black model would have had the same photographic and visual effect is debatable. I do wonder sometimes why some are so eager to assume a racist intention to an artistic expression, but find “art” in the mysogoney, materialism, and lack of social couth that we portray in a lot of our popular music- as a people, to our OWN people… High five!
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NEO...u have a very good

NEO...u have a very good point. Like I said the shit doesn't look "offensive" 2 me. We degrade each other all day every day BUT when a white person does it everybody wants 2 jump in. I made my point & its the truth. Negros R their own worse enemy I swear. So quick to talk about any little irrelevant shit & make it a cause. We do way MORE harm to each other than anyone else does 2 us.
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neo: is that black face or

neo: is that black face or a white girl with a really dark spray on tan. I mean, white women who go into those boths to get darker,are they dark faced? Minstrels were to make fun of blacks, i’ve seen the musuem shows, those pictures are ART. It’s done so graceful. Yet, are blacks putting on white face (Tyra, BEyonce, rihanna) dying thier hair blonde, blonde wigs. lighter makeup, are they paying tribute to somthing of beauty or putting on the reversal inner black face. something to think about. no hun, they are simply conforming to the ignorantly ridiculous european/white definition of beauty
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and furthermore, what do

and furthermore, what do young black people know about "black faces" and their meaning. We still call each other niggas.
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Foley..I love shoes..sigh

Foley..I love shoes..sigh lol: Agreed, its always the ignoramuses that cover up their blatant hate with “Artistic expression and high fashion”..lets put a bitch in a Nazi costume with a swaztika painted on her fucking face and see how high fashion it is..I can call it “Nazi Couture”…lousy asses..this is why I don’t subscribe to Vogue..they perpetuate a whole heap of hate and bullshit..not just for others but for self. and you know the jewish folks don't play that foolishness. Considering most of them probably keep that magazine alive with their investment firms and money...
Princess Pink's picture

is that black face or a white

is that black face or a white girl with a really dark spray on tan. I mean, white women who go into those boths to get darker,are they dark faced? Minstrels were to make fun of blacks, i've seen the musuem shows, those pictures are ART. It's done so graceful. Yet, are blacks putting on white face (Tyra, BEyonce, rihanna) dying thier hair blonde, blonde wigs. lighter makeup, are they paying tribute to somthing of beauty or putting on the reversal inner black face. something to think about.
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msbliss: Some of us black

msbliss: Some of us black folk R so quick to throw out the race card its retarded. Marlon & shawn wore makeup 2 look like two “white chicks” But if it were two white men actin like the “sistas” it would be WW3 with some of u.we need to hold ourselves 2 the same account we do others. I study black history & these photos look nothing like the blackface I’ve seen from that era.it looks high fashion & she looks chic NOT sitting on the steps eating watermelon or tap dancin on a stage. The pics kindof reminded me of Beyonce in Dreamgirls when she wore the real dark body makeup. We need to really stop the foolishness & educate ourselves & focus on REAL issues. open your eyes!! Robert Downey Jr. got in black face and played a sterotypical black man in the movies and everyone understoon that it was all fun and jokes. Education has nothing to do with it. Lets call a spade a spade
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Melodia: Co-Sign. They

Melodia: Co-Sign. They front like they are such “ballers” and the “elite” of Atlanta, but they are so pressed for cash, lack the business sense to handle their affairs (contracts with sydication rights) and they fight and argue all the damn time. Next! Vogue needs to quit. All they had to do was call back one of the many beautiful black models they rejected in the past and hire one of them for the shoot. SMH People are so blind to the fact that in 2009 people are still racist and they are starting to be more upfont with it. High fashion my ass. right. European racism is coming to light more and more. Don't justify these people. Don't get me started on the fans at Spanish soccer games when a black player gets on the field.
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msbliss: Some of us black

msbliss: Some of us black folk R so quick to throw out the race card its retarded. Marlon & shawn wore makeup 2 look like two “white chicks” But if it were two white men actin like the “sistas” it would be WW3 with some of u.we need to hold ourselves 2 the same account we do others. I study black history & these photos look nothing like the blackface I’ve seen from that era.it looks high fashion & she looks chic NOT sitting on the steps eating watermelon or tap dancin on a stage. The pics kindof reminded me of Beyonce in Dreamgirls when she wore the real dark body makeup. We need to really stop the foolishness & educate ourselves & focus on REAL issues. Lack of education about the history of racism, "black" face as a concept in this country and others and France's history of racism seeem to be your problem, not ours. There is something to be said for racial sensitivity, which was not shown here, as race IS still an issue. France is one of those "pretend" liberal countries while being, in actuality, one of the most racist...look at their history with (the abuse of) Haiti...
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Very surprised that Kandi

Very surprised that Kandi didn't read the contract. I don't appreciate French Vogue doing this tacky mess. Hiring white models and washing them in black paint. Are they that adamant in hiring black models that they would rather paint white ones? Totally disgusting Italian Vogue is the only Vogue (beside American) that I will support. This is entirely disgraceful and disgusting
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msbliss: Some of us black

msbliss: Some of us black folk R so quick to throw out the race card its retarded. Marlon & shawn wore makeup 2 look like two “white chicks” But if it were two white men actin like the “sistas” it would be WW3 with some of u.we need to hold ourselves 2 the same account we do others. I study black history & these photos look nothing like the blackface I’ve seen from that era.it looks high fashion & she looks chic NOT sitting on the steps eating watermelon or tap dancin on a stage. The pics kindof reminded me of Beyonce in Dreamgirls when she wore the real dark body makeup. We need to really stop the foolishness & educate ourselves & focus on REAL issues. Its not throwing the race card hun, trust if a black model was placed in a traditional Jewish costume (something I believe they would NEVER do) trust the uproar would be endless. When it comes to us sometimes its then throwing the "race card". They need to be more creative without being so freaking offensive to the history's of minority groups (and it seems to me that they do a lot of offending to black women).
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Yardy: There is a of hate

Yardy: There is a of hate associated with blackface.Not sure why they would want to go this route, unless it was to stir up controvesy and then sell more magazine. Fail. I’ll pass. Agreed, its always the ignoramuses that cover up their blatant hate with "Artistic expression and high fashion"..lets put a bitch in a Nazi costume with a swaztika painted on her fucking face and see how high fashion it is..I can call it "Nazi Couture"...lousy asses..this is why I don't subscribe to Vogue..they perpetuate a whole heap of hate and bullshit..not just for others but for self.
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if it was a need to have a

if it was a need to have a black face why didnt they pick a black women?
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Some of us black folk R so

Some of us black folk R so quick to throw out the race card its retarded. Marlon & shawn wore makeup 2 look like two "white chicks" But if it were two white men actin like the "sistas" it would be WW3 with some of u.we need to hold ourselves 2 the same account we do others. I study black history & these photos look nothing like the blackface I've seen from that era.it looks high fashion & she looks chic NOT sitting on the steps eating watermelon or tap dancin on a stage. The pics kindof reminded me of Beyonce in Dreamgirls when she wore the real dark body makeup. We need to really stop the foolishness & educate ourselves & focus on REAL issues.
msbliss's picture

Oh well, the model looks

Oh well, the model looks better as a black woman.
classychick's picture

WTF...COME ON VOGUE...NOW GET

WTF...COME ON VOGUE...NOW GET A BLACK MODEL, PAINT HER WHITE AND GIVE HER A FIERCE SHOOT OR YALL LOSE MY MONEY...PERIOD
diva's picture

Something not mentioned is

Something not mentioned is the fact that the model Lara Stone got this gig b/c she was a size 4 compared to all of the 0's and 2's. The mag is praising the fact that she is considered to be curvy and they also talk about the fact that she has gaps. Basically they are pointing out her flaws in comparison to everyone else. The fact they chose to make her blackface is even worse. It's kinda like they are saying black women are fatter with bad teeth.
Whoever's picture

I think I would feel more

I think I would feel more strongly about it if they were invoking the stereotype. You know stalkings with red and white stripes, paper bag bows in the hair, "nappy" wigs, that look of poverty, porches, serving another white model, you know. It does look high fashion and I am big on anti black face. It could have been one thing to make her match the Effed up stereotype, but she actually looks high fashion. They still could have gotten a black model.
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jesica: realhousewives need

jesica: realhousewives need to sit they broke wannabe rich asses somewhere…if they had all that money they claim they wouldnt be worried about that syndication bs.. Co-Sign. They front like they are such "ballers" and the "elite" of Atlanta, but they are so pressed for cash, lack the business sense to handle their affairs (contracts with sydication rights) and they fight and argue all the damn time. Next! Vogue needs to quit. All they had to do was call back one of the many beautiful black models they rejected in the past and hire one of them for the shoot. SMH People are so blind to the fact that in 2009 people are still racist and they are starting to be more upfont with it. High fashion my ass.
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THIS SPREAD IS THE TYPE OF

THIS SPREAD IS THE TYPE OF THING PEOPLE DO TO SELL MAGAZINES. IT IS A CONVERSATION PIECE SO TO SPEAK. I DO FEEL THAT THEY COULD HAVE HIRED A BLACK MODEL BUT THEN WHAT WOULD WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT? THE MODEL LOOKS VERY GRACE JONES IN THIS SHOOT. I DON'T FEEL OFFENDED BY IT BECAUSE THEY LOVE OUR SKIN SO MUCH THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO MIMIC IT. NOW IF THE GIRL WAS BEING VERY STEREOTYPICAL ABOUT IT THEN THAT'S WHERE I WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM.
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d_nicegirl: I’m not

d_nicegirl: I’m not offended. Just think it’s silly when they couldve used actual Black model. Cosign. And I don't purchase Vogue anymore (granted this is Frenh Vogue) eversince that Lebron/Giselle cover.
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sit the fuck down hoe: oh

sit the fuck down hoe: oh please… if they were black models painted white would it be the same issue?YAWN Well of course not! But is there a historical negative connotation with brown people being painted white? Uh...NO!! Your argument is lacking substance!
Whoever's picture

Damn Vogue shouldn't have

Damn Vogue shouldn't have done that! The history of blackface includes using white people with blackface b/c they couldn't get a real black person who was "good enough" to get the job done or the intention of mocking the black race (such as the Australian "Jackson Jive") which was recently in the papers. They could have used Alek Wek she has a similar hue and that would not have been controversial.
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Yardy: There is a of hate

Yardy: There is a of hate associated with blackface. Not sure why they would want to go this route, unless it was to stir up controvesy and then sell more magazine. Fail. I’ll pass. I agree. It's the history behind it. That's like if she had a swastika painted on her cheek. I don't care how much you try to prettify the spread. It's just tasteless and insensitive.
beautifuldaidreamer is still on a Maxwell high...'s picture

I don't consider this spread

I don't consider this spread to be in blackface. I think the fact that it's brown makes it different. I honestly don't even like being called black. I AM CLEARLY BROWN. Nonetheless, I think the spread is still tasteless! Why cover her in brown paint when they could have hired a brown model! This ish makes me angry! Anyone but a nigger....
Whoever's picture

I see the fashion spread as

I see the fashion spread as art..it seems to be very tastefully done....but why hire a black model when you can just paint someone...lol Just kidding...well you never know!
BeeJay's picture

French Vogue is on some other

French Vogue is on some other shit. High fashion my ass! If they wanted a black model, just use one! The Housewives are really showing how dumb they are. Who gets syndication rights on a reality show?? Greedy heffas. Ya'll CHOSE to exploit yourselves...
beautifuldaidreamer is still on a Maxwell high...'s picture

My girl Nene needs to get her

My girl Nene needs to get her money, all of it now!
ckhoney's picture

oh please... if they were

oh please... if they were black models painted white would it be the same issue? YAWN
sit the fuck down hoe's picture

This is just any jaded and

This is just any jaded and cynical display by the fashion industry for self-promotion.
pretty paige's picture

RHOA- No comment. Oh, just

RHOA- No comment. Oh, just one:Silly birds. French Vogue- I just don't think that the publishers would be so shortsighted as to do something to intentionally alienate a good part of their readership. Whether or not using a black model would have had the same photographic and visual effect is debatable. I do wonder sometimes why some are so eager to assume a racist intention to an artistic expression, but find "art" in the mysogoney, materialism, and lack of social couth that we portray in a lot of our popular music- as a people, to our OWN people...
MsDonnaGirl's picture

I dont understand why they

I dont understand why they couldnt just get a black girl to do the shoot??
incogneto's picture

WHY DIDNT THEY JUST GET A

WHY DIDNT THEY JUST GET A BLACK MODEL??? SMH. RHOA-LMAO. UR LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS OPEN, PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE!!
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MizzT: wow. a model in

MizzT: wow. a model in blackface. wow. If you want a black model, why not just get a black model. wow. & as for the housewives– it’s called a contract. Be more careful next time.Next Co-sign!
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wow. a model in blackface.

wow. a model in blackface. wow. If you want a black model, why not just get a black model. wow. & as for the housewives-- it's called a contract. Be more careful next time. Next
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jesica: realhousewives need

jesica: realhousewives need to sit they broke wannabe rich asses somewhere…if they had all that money they claim they wouldnt be worried about that syndication bs.. Amen!!! I get a good laugh, but it amazes me that with all the black women who have it going in ATL, who are acutually married, they pick this bunch. The New Jersey episodes were the bomb!!
Ms.FSU/504's picture

smells like Nene.

smells like Nene.
Whatever's picture

There is a history of hate

There is a history of hate associated with blackface. Not sure why they would want to go this route, unless it was to stir up controvesy and then sell more magazine. Fail. I'll pass.
Yardy's picture

and the blackface thing she

and the blackface thing she looks beautiful but why couldnt they just get a black model that would look equally beautiful...i dont get the point of that..
jesica's picture

They also painted that models

They also painted that models face white soo IDK... RHOA - - - - Who Cares Lol
vizionwarp's picture

It's called contract

It's called contract negotiation ladies! That's why you sit down with your lawyer prior to signing it... nonetheless, I still hope they get their just do. As for the black face... I guess???
Drop3sizesin10mins!'s picture

I'm not offended. Just think

I'm not offended. Just think it's silly when they couldve used actual Black model.
d_nicegirl's picture

realhousewives need to sit

realhousewives need to sit they broke wannabe rich asses somewhere...if they had all that money they claim they wouldnt be worried about that syndication bs..
jesica's picture

talk about hiring a lawyer to

talk about hiring a lawyer to read a contract before you sign it...
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