PHOTOS: Diet Prada calls out American Vogue’s most controversial moments

In it’s latest post, Diet Prada minced no words as it called out Vogue for its most controversial shoots and covers. Captioning the post, “Condé Nast is under continued scrutiny for their internal behaviours towards Black employees, but there’s always been plenty of insensitivity right there on the surface. Here’s some controversial moments from American Vogue’s history of cultural appropriation, using POC as props, and the glamorization of white privilege,” the watchdog posted a series of photos, including one where Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone is used as a ‘prop’ next to Scarlett Johansson as they pose for the cover. Here are the most controversial moments in the history of American Vogue, compiled by Diet Prada, read on.

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Diet Prada wrote: In celebration of global talent, the issue championed “the new center, which is everywhere and nowhere at once.” Despite Vogue’s intentions, it was glaringly obvious that in this new center, white women were still at its center. Actresses of color like Adesua Etomi and Deepika Padukone were pushed to the side, serving more as props for white actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Kirby. (Diet Prada Instagram)

Diet Prada wrote: In celebration of global talent, the issue championed “the new center, which is everywhere and nowhere at once.” Despite Vogue’s intentions, it was glaringly obvious that in this new center, white women were still at its center. Actresses of color like Adesua Etomi and Deepika Padukone were pushed to the side, serving more as props for white actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Kirby. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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Diet Prada explained: Steven Klein lensed this incredibly problematic shoot starring Irina Shayk and Tyson Ballou in April 2016. The shoot was leaked and made headlines— Vogue never ran it, but Klein instagrammed a NY Post article about it, hashtagged “hotlivesmatter”. Stop and frisk had been on a huge downward trend in 2016, but over 11,000 people, still mostly POC, were stopped. Stop and frisk numbers started to go back up in 2019 and are probably only down in 2020 because coronavirus has kept so many at home. (Diet Prada Instagram)

Diet Prada explained: Steven Klein lensed this incredibly problematic shoot starring Irina Shayk and Tyson Ballou in April 2016. The shoot was leaked and made headlines— Vogue never ran it, but Klein instagrammed a NY Post article about it, hashtagged “hotlivesmatter”. Stop and frisk had been on a huge downward trend in 2016, but over 11,000 people, still mostly POC, were stopped. Stop and frisk numbers started to go back up in 2019 and are probably only down in 2020 because coronavirus has kept so many at home. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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Diet Prada wrote: Vogue honoured the First Responders of Hurricane Sandy by using them as props for a fashion shoot. Annie Leibovitz posed supermodels like Karlie Kloss and Chanel ‘man in gowns and other finery amongst the admirable workers that helped New York City survive the devastating storm. Why Vogue didn’t think to just feature the fire fighters, nurses, and Coast Guard members themselves is beyond us. (Diet Prada Instagram)

Diet Prada wrote: Vogue honoured the First Responders of Hurricane Sandy by using them as props for a fashion shoot. Annie Leibovitz posed supermodels like Karlie Kloss and Chanel ‘man in gowns and other finery amongst the admirable workers that helped New York City survive the devastating storm. Why Vogue didn’t think to just feature the fire fighters, nurses, and Coast Guard members themselves is beyond us. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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The watchdog wrote: Grace Coddington worked at British Vogue for 19 years and American Vogue for 28. In 2019, photographer Bryan Ferry shared pics of Coddington at home, from a shoot intended for the magazine Les Echos Serie Limitee. Instagram users were quick to point out her collection of “Mammy” figural jars amongst the expected cats. The racist caricature was very common of the Jim Crow era, which ended decades before Coddington moved to the US. Glad to know her salary was getting spent on racist homewares *eyeroll*. (Diet Prada Instagram)

The watchdog wrote: Grace Coddington worked at British Vogue for 19 years and American Vogue for 28. In 2019, photographer Bryan Ferry shared pics of Coddington at home, from a shoot intended for the magazine Les Echos Serie Limitee. Instagram users were quick to point out her collection of “Mammy” figural jars amongst the expected cats. The racist caricature was very common of the Jim Crow era, which ended decades before Coddington moved to the US. Glad to know her salary was getting spent on racist homewares *eyeroll*. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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Phyllis Posnick styled Karlie Kloss for an on-location shoot in Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park, with photographer Mikael Jansson. Kloss is seen visiting a tea house, posing with a sumo wrester, and carrying a basket of cherry blossoms. In 1966, Diana Vreeland pulled off the legendary Avedon-lensed “The Great Fur Caravan” in Japan without appropriating the culture, yet in 2017 Vogue US somehow still manage to f*ck it up. Kloss apologized after the back-lash, saying she was “truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive”. (Diet Prada Instagram)

Phyllis Posnick styled Karlie Kloss for an on-location shoot in Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park, with photographer Mikael Jansson. Kloss is seen visiting a tea house, posing with a sumo wrester, and carrying a basket of cherry blossoms. In 1966, Diana Vreeland pulled off the legendary Avedon-lensed “The Great Fur Caravan” in Japan without appropriating the culture, yet in 2017 Vogue US somehow still manage to f*ck it up. Kloss apologized after the back-lash, saying she was “truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive”. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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The watchdog wrote: Journalist and activist Noor Tagouri was misidentified in a caption as “actor, director, and model Noor Bukhari,” who is from Pakistan. Vogue apologized, acknowledging the “painful misstep,” but the video of her excitedly opening the issue only to find the error still stings. (Diet Prada Instagram)

The watchdog wrote: Journalist and activist Noor Tagouri was misidentified in a caption as “actor, director, and model Noor Bukhari,” who is from Pakistan. Vogue apologized, acknowledging the “painful misstep,” but the video of her excitedly opening the issue only to find the error still stings. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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Diet Prada wrote: Lebron James was the first Black man to ever grace a Vogue cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz who posed top athletes alongside supermodels. The cover was dissected in the press, many outlets comparing it to 1917 American war propaganda poster “Destroy This Mad Brute”. In a modern context it embodies hugely problematic tropes comparing Black people to primates, something racists have done for centuries to dehumanize them. The shoot is like a f*cked up spot the difference— the team HAD to know what they were doing. (Diet Prada Instagram)

Diet Prada wrote: Lebron James was the first Black man to ever grace a Vogue cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz who posed top athletes alongside supermodels. The cover was dissected in the press, many outlets comparing it to 1917 American war propaganda poster “Destroy This Mad Brute”. In a modern context it embodies hugely problematic tropes comparing Black people to primates, something racists have done for centuries to dehumanize them. The shoot is like a f*cked up spot the difference— the team HAD to know what they were doing. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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The Instagram page wrote: There’s a fine line before things cross into cultural appropriation territory. Kendall Jenner in a curly ‘do for example, prompted a comment flood on social media. “We... have our hair burned and chemicals because society taught us that we were not beautiful with our afros now they copy our Afros but can’t use actual BLACK models with Afros!,” wrote a user. Others called the accusation a reach. Vogue issued a response explaining the Gibson girl inspiration said “we apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.” (Diet Prada Instagram)

The Instagram page wrote: There’s a fine line before things cross into cultural appropriation territory. Kendall Jenner in a curly ‘do for example, prompted a comment flood on social media. “We... have our hair burned and chemicals because society taught us that we were not beautiful with our afros now they copy our Afros but can’t use actual BLACK models with Afros!,” wrote a user. Others called the accusation a reach. Vogue issued a response explaining the Gibson girl inspiration said “we apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.” (Diet Prada Instagram)

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Diet Prada wrote: Anna thought a profile on the fashion habits of a dictator’s wife would be appropriate. Asma al-Assad could be literally the most stylish woman in the history of time and it wouldn’t change the fact that her husband killed over 5000 civilians, including hundreds of children, the year this issue came out. (Diet Prada Instagram)

Diet Prada wrote: Anna thought a profile on the fashion habits of a dictator’s wife would be appropriate. Asma al-Assad could be literally the most stylish woman in the history of time and it wouldn’t change the fact that her husband killed over 5000 civilians, including hundreds of children, the year this issue came out. (Diet Prada Instagram)

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