Here we go again…
Looks like Tyra Banks has joined the Blackface fashion craze. Tonight’s episode of America’s Next Top Model features the remaining contestants on location in Maui. The concept of the shoot is to attempt to make the contestants look biracial — hence some rocking brown skin.
Yes, there was a similar shoot some seasons ago, however, amidst the controversy brought on by the fashion industry’s recent obsession with Blackface, we’re perplexed as to why Tyra chose to give this concept the green light. We understand that the whole Blackface issue sparks heated debate, but that’s only because of it’s historical context. Many see such imagery as purely artistic, but non-White folks are not caricatures meant to inspire costumery.
Clutchettes and gents — we’d like to hear your take on this. Has ANTM caught Blackface mania? If so, is it acceptable when commissioned by a Black woman?