Thursday, May 16, 2013

Slavery Is Adorable

Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel is the latest designer to receive criticism for her recent photo spread in Diva Magazine titled (and you won't believe this) "Be My Slave."  The spread shows a model in different clothes and poses with a little boy of color (race unknown) in each.  Each picture stings more than the last.

Aqeel maintains that there is no intended racism.  How that is true is beyond comprehension as the pictures help to define racism at its disgusting core.  The designer even went on to say the boy in the photos worked in a garage and wanted work.  The point of the shoot, according to Aqeel, is to place more attention on child labor.

THIS blogger has a hard time believing that.  I can hardly gather my thoughts to express the inner sadness, rage, disgust, and just how much my hands are shaking.  But hey, who am I to criticize someone's art, right?  I mean slavery is super cute.  (smh)

See yourself and leave a comment.

[Source: The Huffington Post]

1 comment:

  1. First, Love this very interesting post..And I was very excited to have the opportunity to comment on this well written piece.
    Here are my thoughts: I feel like had this been named something else and if it had been portrayed differently, it would have easily been regarded for the intended purpose and message it was meant to convey… HOWEVER… That is not what this designer did at all. I find it really sad that in this day an age, the only way that one thinks is the way to get attention is to be blatantly offensive. Case and Point: If this spread upon first look would've gave "Who Will Save Them?" or even gave "I'm NO ONE's Slave", I would've felt like the designer accomplished her intended message. But THIS (above) gives me "Hey fix me a sandwich, and hold my light up higher so I can read my book, boy." and I don't say that to be funny AT ALL. It irritates me. Had the female model been portrayed as a person who was helping a child escape from child slavery or was nursing an abused child back to health and was about giving that child a better life, her message might have been heard a little clearer…(I'm almost CERTAIN of it.) But that is DEFINITELY not what this gives. THEN to justify it with he worked in a garage and wanted work, says that you are for child labor. This is a CHILD we are talking about here. The designer should've PAID him BEYOND handsomely AS A CHILD MODEL , gave him a REAL opportunity that could help his family EVEN more than this spread, AND portrayed him in a more proud light if he wanted to work so bad. Portray him to be proud that he made it out of that situation or portray him being thankful that he no longer has to work for anyone. Portray the woman CHANGING HIS LIFE without the negative connotation that he is STILL a slave no matter WHO's HOUSE he is in. She could've made this a REAL from nothing to something story if she cared that much about Child Labor. Just portray SOMETHING that had a more positive note and far more emphasis on WHY child labor is WRONG and unconscionable. I'm disappointed that this designer couldn't or simply maybe didn't even WANT TO find a way to convey her mission statement more effectively. If you are going to use that statement in fashion, I need you to do better on the emotions it evokes. Because as Lady J put it: "Slavery is not cute"… and quite frankly its also not FASHIONABLE. All I can do right now is thank GOD that this designer didn't come out with a shackles, chains, and whips to use as an accessory line to match this very disconnected mission statement. All she did was leave the door wide open for those who'd LIKE child labor to continue and gave them ammunition to keep doing what we know is already unconscionable. This type of energy didn't need to be repeated.. it needed to be nulled. These pictures are entirely too complacent for a message that strong.