Not usually do we hear controversial comments made about fashion magazines, but the October issue of French Vogue has sparked a new race row. Carine Roitfield has always known how to keep her magazine in the limelight, but not for the right reasons this time.
Photographer Steven Klein's shoot for a spread in the magazine's new "Supermodels" issue shows Dutch supermodel Lara Stone plastered in brown make-up, not because thats her skin tone, but for no specific reason other than the fact that no models of colour were part of it at all.
However, French Vogue is standing its ground. According to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson said that it was "unaware it had caused offence" and declined to make any further comment.
Personally, I think it is highly unnecessary for a model to have her skin tone changed. She is white, so why paint her black? If they were to be diverse, they should bring in other models rather than completely change ones look. It would also save the paint. Something like this will create a misleading message and of course it can be taken offensive.
Not a great month for French Vogue then!