BLACK VOICES
03/02/2013 09:31 am ET Updated May 02, 2013

Fashion Veteran Bethann Hardison On Numéro "African Queen" Blackface Controversy

Fashion legend Bethann Hardison saw it as a call to action when she learned of the controversy swirling around Numéro magazine's spread featuring a white model in bronze make-up so deep, many called it blackface.

The editorial, called "African Queen," unleashed a firestorm of disappointment online across fashion and news blogs, with users lamenting that a black model was not cast in an editorial that seemed perfectly suited for someone of African descent.

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