Vogue Italia’s Irksome Post

I’m not a very political person and I am sure some of you who follow this blog, have come to expect light hearted, “this is what I like”, “this outfit is cute” and ‘I love vintage clothing” posts from me.
Ever since I got a very heartfelt comment from Anonymous on a rather random and somewhat emo post, urging me to “step it up girlfriend” and pointing out that this blog is my forum, my voice and not my private diary, I have taken cognisance of the fact that people are reading this blog. Not to say that I curate my posts to the point where I’m just blogging for other people. The reason why this blog still exists is because I do actually have a voice and an opinion and I am not privileged enough to write for a magazine or newspaper, so in this space I am my own editor.

With all of that in mind I am still not one to easily and openly write on controversial matters, because I do like to post on things I like and things that inspire me, however Vogue Italia’s irksome trend forecast post this month really left a sour taste in my mouth.

I just find it really hard to accept that today (on the 22nd of August) it is still acceptable for this to be published and for it to be okay in the eyes of the publishers.
To quote: “Jewellery 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 colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom. Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on.”

This is not a translation issue, but pure ignorant racism in my opinion. To openly reference one of the most repulsive occurrences in human history in some stupid trend forecast post it completely insensitive, ignorant and unacceptable.

Literally as I was posting the links for you to see I noticed that they had changed the title of the post from Slave Earrings to Ethnic Earrings and that the copy had been amended to exclude the slave references.

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