In an airy white blouse, art gallery owner Dasha Zhukova poses serenely on a chair, in a photograph taken for a Russian fashion website. The only problem: the chair is fashioned from a contorted lifelike mannequin of a black woman, sparking an internet outcry and allegations of racism. It did not help matters that the photograph of Zhukova — a Russian socialite and the girlfriend of oligarch Roman Abramovich — was published on Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday in the US. The picture was widely condemned by bloggers and internet users, and has since been removed from Duma's Instagram feed. Zhukova, however, defended the image in a statement: "This photograph, which has been published completely out of context, is of an art work intended specifically as a commentary on gender and racial politics. I utterly abhor racism, and would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by this image. In the photograph, the mannequin is naked, save for knee-high boots, elbow-length gloves and black hotpants.
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A white woman who berated two black women at a North Carolina restaurant with a racial slur said she is not sorry and that she would say it again. Nancy Goodman was caught on video directing the N-word at the women during a confrontation at a Bonefish Grill in North Hills, North Carolina, after Goodman accused them of being too loud. They are the rudest individuals I have ever seen. The two women, Chanda Stewart and Lakesha Shaw, said they were enjoying their dinner when Goodman called them rude and complained that they were being too loud. Stewart posted a video of the confrontation on Facebook, where Goodman notices that she was being recorded and smiles widely before approaching the table to tell them they were loud. Shaw said in the video that the two women were "paying for our food just like everyone else. Despite not being sorry and insisting she would use the slur again, Goodman told WRAL that she wasn't racist. Goodman claimed that she has "tremendous anxiety" and that she "used that word because they forced me into it. Stewart said in a Facebook post Wednesday that she was still processing the encounter and that in 43 years she had never once been called by the racist slur.
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Last week, we explored how the way that our society views Black girls as more mature and less innocent than their white peers may allow predators such as R. Kelly to exploit them. Research has shown that Black girls are viewed through a hypersexual lens — and as a result, are less likely to be believed when they report sexual assault.
By Jon Levine. February 15, pm Updated February 17, am. Lefevre, who has been modeling for four years and appeared on more than two dozen catwalks, said she is no stranger to industry bigotry but had never experienced anything as bad as the FIT fashion event on Feb. I could not control my emotions. My whole body was shaking. Lefevre ultimately walked the runaway, but without wearing the ears or the bright-red synthetic lips, which came from a sex toy. She stormed out of the event immediately afterward.