Apr 18, 2013 12:00PM

Vogue Netherlands' Blackface Editorial

Vogue, bro, what are you doing?

While they have a budget, reputation and contributor network that allows them to produce some of the most incredible editorials in the world, Vogue has published its fair share of controversial stories in recent times. Annie Leibovitz's Hurricane Sandy shoot for the US title's January 2013 issue received mixed responses in the media, as did Steven Meisel's 'Haute Mess' story from last year, his 2010 Gulf oil spill editorial and his Iraq war-inspired shoot from 2007. Now as  part of its May 2013 issue, Vogue Netherlands includes an editorial which features blackface make-up. 

The story, shot by Ishi and styled by Marije Goekoop, is called 'Heritage Heroes'. Apparently the concept behind the images is to pay homage to Marc Jacobs' work at Louis Vuitton over the years. Grace Jones and Josephine Baker were two of Marc's muses for FW08 and SS09, so to interpret those seasons — instead of hiring a black model — Querelle Jansen's face was painted black and she wore a wig. This is despite world famous models like Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman having only just last month called out racial discrimination in the fashion industry.
According to Fashionista, a caption from the editorial reads, "This collection is inspired by the style of the Parisian showgirl Josephine Baker, mixed with tribal influences."
Vogue, that is sooo 2009 of you. Remember this Vogue Paris editorial featuring Lara Stone shot by Steven Klein?