Uh, oh. Looks like Italian Vogue is currently in hot water for their entry on ‘slave earrings’.
According to Jezebel.com, here’s what Vogue Italia wrote about their ‘slave earrings’ or hoop earrings:
Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.
If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom. Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on.
Italian Vogue’s slave earrings received a LOT of criticism and detractors go as far as saying that Vogue Italia’s fashion editorial glorifies slavery and racism. In light of the flak they received, the Italian Vogue changed the label from slave earrings to ethnic earrings. A wise move on their part, I must say. And as of this writing, Vogue Italia removed the ‘offensive’ editorial on their website and replaced it with this message:
WE’VE DECIDED TO REMOVE THE ARTICLE FROM THE SITE TO PROVE OUR GOOD FAITH AND TO SHOW IT WASN’T OUR INTENTION TO INSULT ANYONE.
Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue editor-in-chief, also issued a statement apologizing for the mistake.
Oh well, with Vogue Italia’s very controversial slave earrings, I think the ethnic, tribal, and native trends will stay for a few more months with hoop earrings as big as your imagination allows them to be. I think the more specific aztec trend will even stay a bit longer.
Below are some of the ethnic hoop earrings currently featured in Italian Vogue. Tell me what you think. 🙂
Images by Vogue Italia