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November 5, 2007

She was, in fact, a maid

Correction: October 21, 2007

An article last Sunday about the fashion industry’s
reticence to use black models referred incorrectly
to a black woman in a maid’s outfit pictured in the
September issue of Italian Vogue.

She was, in fact, a maid at the hotel where the pictures
were taken, and was included, the Vogue photographer
said, because of her attractiveness and her ability to
underscore the pictures’ theme of a stereotypical
rich white woman who hires ethnic servants; the
black woman was not a model dressed as a maid.

Fashion & Style / Fashion Shows
Ignoring Diversity, Runways Fade to White
Published: October 14, 2007
If there is one area where the lessons of chromatic and
racial diversity have gone largely unheeded, it is fashion.