Prada issues apology after accusations of blackface

by Sora Alfatlawi

Last night Prada issued an apology after withdrawing figurines displayed in its New York storefront depicting racist caricatures of black people. Part of the brand’s fantasy “Pradamalia” collection, the products were taken down after New York-based civil rights attorney Chinyere Ezie expressed her anger on social media after walking past the storefront after visiting Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Today after returning to NYC after a very emotional visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture including an exhibit on blackface, I walked past Prada’s Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery. History cannot continue to repeat itself. Black America deserves better. And we demand better”.

Photograph: Chinyere Ezie/Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wasn’t long before the post garnered much attention forcing Prada to address the issue at hand. In a statement, Prada wrote, “The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery”.

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