The Black Lives Matter movement, is schooling everyone about the grave problem of racism that still exists around us in abundance. The recent person to call it out is Diet Prada who has pointed out a top American magazine’s problematic moments. The fashion police have accused the magazine of using Deepika Padukone just as a prop.
The magazine in question here is American Vogue 2019’s April issue. The issue was dedicated as a celebration of global talent. The cover featured Black Widow fame Scarlett Johansson, along with Deepika Padukone and Adesua Etimo.
According to Diet Prada, Vogue’s cover only signifies that white people are still very much in the centre. On the cover, Scarlett Johansson was placed in the centre, while Deepika Padukone and Adesua Etomi were on the sides. The fact the people of colour are pushed to the sides and used like props is what the fashion police condemned.
Sharing the picture with the series of problematic moments, the fashion watchdog, Diet Prada, wrote, “In celebration of global talent, the issue cham-pioned “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 ac-tresses like Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Kirby.”
Alongside the cover that featured Deepika Padukone, Diet Prada also shared the cover with Lebron James, Annie Leibovitz. Ironically, it was the first Vogue cover that featured a black man. But what triggered Diet Prada is its striking similarities with the 1917’s America war propaganda poster, Destroy This Mad Brute.
The conversation about racism grabbed limelight again after the killing of George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter movement has been getting the momentum that it deserves and rightly so.