''As of the day before yesterday, we have been receiving lots of negative attention in regard to one particular image. It features the same model theatrically painted white, and painted black. The woman painted in black has been interpreted by lots of people as "blackface" which was not at all our intention or inspiration! A debate has emerged on social media channels and seems to be escalating across certain blogs and websites.
On one side of the argument are those who feel that this is racist and want us to remove the imagery. Then, there are those who see this merely as an artistic expression with no reference to race.
Given that our objective with this imagery was to be playful, striking and fresh with the creation of mirror images in white and black, using colour ON the skin it is very saddening that those making negative comments are focusing on colour OF the skin. Frankly, colour of the skin didn’t even come into it at the time we created the imagery so we are absolutely shocked by the cynicism behind some of the comments.''
Here's the image that started the whole thing:
First of all, let me tell you I didn't even know about this until I got the message from Illamasqua. That's one of the reasons I'll keep this as short as possible. I don't want it to snowball out of proportions. I just want to say what I think of the whole controversy around it.
When I first got the photos from the Christmas campaign, I though they weren't as special as some of the previous collections (make up wise), but I liked the idea of the contrast: ''dreaming of white Christmas'' VS coloring up your life. That's what Illamasqua is all about. They've been like this from the start. And I think if someone got offended now, they never got them in the first place. I never took this ad as offensive, but I know some people are really sensitive when it comes to skin color. I think every skin color and tone is beautiful. Why should it be offensive? Colors are beautiful. I love skin tones. I love it from pale Dita von Teese to ebony goddess Grace Jones. And everything in between. Every skin tone is beautiful when a person wearing it is comfortable in it. But this isn't even about skin tone. This is art. And for all of those who were upset by it: were you only upset by the left part of the image, or by the right part of it too? I'm caucasian and I'm not ghostly white. Should I be offended by the add too?
Illamasqua, you have my full support. I don't think you did anything wrong here.
I know our opinions may vary. I want to know what YOU think about this image. Did you find it insulting or offending in any way?
Thanks for looking and commenting!