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In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish.

Stone’s face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.

Needless to say the photos, taken by Steven Klein, are causing controversy as bloggers and editors speak out against it. Fashion magazine Jezebel said, “What Klein and Roitfeld should know is that painting white people black for the entertainment of other white people is offensive in ways that stand entirely apart from cultural context.”

Can someone call Harry Connick Jr.? and get him to explain the whole blackface thing to French Vogue.

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Marc Jacobs may have already won us over with his handbags, but he definitely stole our hearts with his Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 runway show featuring a bounty of big bushy Erykah Badu-ish afros.

Sure the afros were obvious wigs and not authentic picked out, sheened up creations but at least they weren’t insanely straight doll hair weaves that women, both black and white, are glueing into their hair to achieve unrealistic lengths and textures.

We are just ga ga over Jacobs fros and the show’s live webcast on Facebook!

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The ever-colorful and provocative photographer David LaChapelle debuts his photographic series “The Rape of Africa” at the David DeSanctis Gallery in Los Angeles and makes a bold political statement.

LaChapelle reinvents classic Botticelli’s 1484 Venus and Mars painting with Naomi Campbell as Venus and allegorical images representing the rape and pillage of Africa’s people and land.

Blindie is loving LaChapelle’s social series that makes offers much needed social commentary on the state of affairs in Africa. We’re also loving Naomi Campbell in the series!

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Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley is of course one of our favorite fashion editors, but his screen time in The September Issue, the docudrama about the making of the 2008 Fall issue, makes us love him even more!

From his admittance that he took up tennis because Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour told him to “lose weight,” to his unapologetic appetite for designer accoutrements like a Louis Vuitton towel and water box, Mr. Talley makes us want to not only take up tennis but rush right out and see The September Issue.

September Issue is due in theaters on August 28.

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