Azealia Banks took to Twitter yesterday to protest Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana’s “racist ass” SS13 collection at Milan Fashion week.
The controversial collection features images of a black woman adorned in flowers and jewels, sacking dresses, and drop earrings of black female heads wearing plantation-era hair wraps. While the designers explain that the imagery draws on Sicily’s African heritage points, controversially, none of the models sent down the runway in the collection were black.
Fashion-forward Banks took to Twitter yesterday with a simple message; “Definitely boycotting Dolce & Gabbana.” She then went on to suggest that “Whoever designed that racist ass Dolce and Gabbana collection needs a swift kick in the mouth and a big dick up the ass…I really hate when people do corny, racist things then try to justify it as ‘art’.”
Other critics also felt that collection romanticised black slave life. Banks tweeted “It’s all just really unnecessary. The clothes in the collection were fine without all the ‘black mammie’ imagery (sic).” However, the internet has been split in opinion (no surprises!), with some calling up Banks’ sexually provocative image as being more detrimental for black womens empowerment than this collection. Which offends you more?