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Following a string of recent culturally insensitive fashion incidents, including Paul Frank’s pow wow and Victoria’s Secret geisha outfit, Dolce & Gabbana sent a pair of earrings down the Spring 2013 runway that are causing ire.

The accessories feature a dark-skinned black woman with a blue scarf, a gold necklace and a basket of fruit on her head. The Blackamoor-inspired earrings conjure up colonialist images of black femininity. As The Frisky points out:

“On the one hand, the earrings depict a very stereotypical, some might say colonialist, idea of a black woman: very dark skin, a head scarf wrapped on her head, the basket of fruit…And it’s not just the earrings that raised eyebrows; style blog Refinery 29 reports Dolce and Gabbana’s spring 2013 collection included “burlap dresses” and “fruit cornucopias” which suggested an ode to “a long-lost colonial era.”

Furthermore, the idea of other races walking around with a black woman’s head hanging from their ear, herein a Caucasian model dressed by European fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, rubs people the wrong way. The image also appears on two of the garments in the collection.

There’s much debate over whether the earrings are a product of exoticism or plain ole racism. Either way, colonialist images of black women carry with them a history of degradation and humiliation that shouldn’t be capitalized on and sold as earrings.


What are your thoughts, Clutchettes and Gents? Are you offended by Dolce & Gabbana’s “Black Woman” earrings?

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  • Me

    I’m so fed up. Please give up on mainstream. Blacks being the #1 consumer gives us so much power and so many dont realize our strength. Leave the white ppl to fend for themselves PLEASE. And I’m really not racist it’s just…how can I react PC when THIS is happening on world stages? And it’s just one of too many recent examples of Black women being stripped of our humanity and value. I am so fed up and I feel like I am the only one who wants to do something.

  • Lisa Lisa

    They do leave my slightly un-nerved… rocking mammy on your ears.. I cant really place my thoughts on that.

  • I love the earrings and I want to buy them. This is beautiful art, and it appears to reflect Brazilian culture. For those who are offended, you’re ashamed of what black women look like. I love her, she represents : black women means strength, colorful culture, love of herself and others…no matter what! Where do I buy them????

  • shane

    I’m black my mom already has similar designs w/similar imagery… I don’t see a problem …

  • thank dolce fellow black AMERICANS don’t be ignorant