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
By GUY TREBAY
Published: October 14, 2007
If there is one area where the lessons of chromatic and
racial diversity have gone largely unheeded, it is fashion.