A History of Racism in Fashion

Harper's Bazaar Naomi Campbell Baboon Jumprope

Year: 2009

Take a stunning model, a well-known photographer, and some exotic wildlife and mix it all together and you get this hilariously bad editorial shoot for the September '09 issue of Harper's Bazaar. Simply hiring the fashion world's most famous black model and having her frolic in vaguely African settings wasn't "revolutionary" enough. So they went and blew all good taste out of the water by featuring Naomi Campbell playing jumprope with baboons. It almost seemed like the creative team sat around brainstorming the most offensive image they could think of to push the whole thing over the top. If so, mission accomplished.

Tags: fashion, racism
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