Friday, February 26, 2016

HAS ZAC POSEN'S CULTURAL APPRECIATION GONE UNAPPRECIATED?

BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS


Feeling Rebloggy
Last Monday, twenty-five black models walked for Zac Posen’s Fall 2016 collection at the New York Fashion Week. In an industry where black women are few and far between on the runway, this move caught the attention of many, even making headlines in the New York Times citing fashion week’s ‘shift toward diversity’. Though the response to Posen’s highlighting of black models has largely been positive, there are those who refuse to let black girls rock.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BB0ptwsG9IG/


The motivation behind Posen’s NYFW collection was Ugandan Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya Akiiki, or Princess Elizabeth of Toro. Born in 1936, she became the third African woman in history to be accepted to and graduate from Cambridge University. She was also the first female East African to be admitted to the English bar in 1965. Princess Elizabeth of Toro even became a highly successful fashion model in the United States and graced the covers of Vogue and Harpers.
~ClutchMagOnline.com


Some folk are used to cultural appropriation.  And they think they are entitled to do it. Zac Posen broke ranks this year. And some of his usual fans aren't exactly throwing rose petals at his feet.


Read More:

http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2016/02/folks-are-upset-with-zac-posen-for-using-mostly-black-models-even-though-his-collection-was-inspired-by-a-black-princess/


By the way? ZAC POSEN ROCKS