Korean designer Lie Sang Bong presented a very unusual design collection on the last day of Paris Fashion Week. The clothes weren’t unusual; it was the models’ faces. Each model’s face was covered in brown makeup.
The design collection featured a lot of furs, feathers and polka dots. There were interesting dresses and jackets, but the things that stood out most were the models’ faces. A splotch of brown makeup was painted on each of the model’s faces. Lie said that the brown faces were supposed to represent “time travel and a moody kind of darkness.” He didn’t say what kind of makeup he used.
Some other fashion shoots have featured similar brown face paint. Many of them caused lots of controversy. Tyra Banks had models painted in blackface on “America’s Next Top Model.” And Vogue Paris gave Lara Stone a black face in 2009. The French magazine L’Officiel darkened Beyonce’s face last year. When questioned, the magazine said they were trying to relate it to Beyonce’s African roots.
Why do you think Lie Sang Bong did this? Do you find this to be racist?