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Dior Releases Insensitive Indigenous Fragrance Ad Featuring #MeToo Accused Johnny Deep Speaking For An Indigenous Dancer

Update: Dior announced over the weekend that it pulled its campaign for the fragrance Sauvage after complaints of racism.

We honestly thought Dior had learned its lesson. Less than a year after the Parisian brand released an insensitive cultural ad starring Jennifer Lawrence in which she wore Mexican-inspired fashions, the high-luxe company is at it again. Months ago, Dior was completely open about the fact that Dior’s creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri has a love affair with Mexican culture, and that’s totally okay, but why not celebrate Mexico by using Mexican models?

Now they’re doing it again, but it’s worse.

Dior released a new advertisement for their fragrance Sauvage, and the aesthetic is full-on Native American-themed.

The brand released the images and videos on social media, which shows Indigenous dancer, and member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe,  Canku One Star. The imagery is stunning and vibrant. Canku One Star dances while wearing traditional Native American attire on top of the mountainous plain.

The problem with this is that people haven’t forgotten that Dior is a FRENCH brand ( a country that colonized the North Americas and excessively abused Indigenous people). Also, we haven’t forgotten that tiny part about what the brand did with the Mexican-inspired collection that featured zero Mexican models either.

The brand was already expecting the backlash clearly because, on their Instagram page, they were very particular about their wording.

“An authentic journey deep into the Native American soul in a sacred, founding and secular territory,” they stated on Instagram. “A film developed as a close collaboration between the House of Dior and Native American consultants from the 50-year old Indigenous advocacy organization, @americansforindianopportunity in order to respect Indigenous cultures, values and heritage.

Okay, so they had approval, but then it got worse.

The ad also features the one and only Johnny Depp.

Jean-Baptiste Mondino directs the film that shows Depp wearing his traditional “rock star” look that comes with a cowboy hat, walking around the Canyonlands, in Utah — home to the Utes and Apaches tribes. Depp isn’t alone in the ad because he is being spied on by a Native woman, played by model Tanaya Beatty.

Now, before you freak out, Beatty is actually of Native American descent as well. The Canadian model and actress is part of the Da’Naxda’xw Nation indigenous people of British Columbia, Esquire reports. Then Depp finds a guitar and because he is a musician begins to play portions of a song called “Rumble,” written by Link Wray, who is also a descent of Native American people.

Depp is celebrating Native American culture but just a reminder he is a white man from Kentucky. Even if he was adopted in his later age by a Native American woman.

Yes, Depp’s “adoptive” mother is indeed LaDonna Harris of the Comanche people. La Donna and her daughter, Laura Harris, are the president and executive director of the Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) organization. They are the same group that was consulted for the ad. However. It is important to note that Depp became adopted as an honorary son by Harris in 2012. The same exact year, and during, his promotion of the controversial film The Lone Ranger, in which he was seen playing the part of an Indigenous person. What’s more, while Depp was adopted by Harris, he was never adopted into, and never became a member of any tribe.

People on social media didn’t seem to care about Depp’s connection to Native people, or that Dior got permission to use Native imagery.

They just want Dior to stop profiting off minority people. Sure, it’s nice Dior attempted to use proper consultations for this ad, their film, and their entire branding. However, is any of the money made from this product going back to Native people at all?

Of course, there had to have been at least one person of color saying stop, right?

Were they too afraid to speak up?

We haven’t even gotten to the fact that the name of the perfume is actually a derogatory word that Native people have often been described as.

Why didn’t the Native consultants say ‘maybe call it something else’?

Did Dior also forget that Depp was awful as a representative of Native people in “The Lone Ranger”?

There a ton of Native male models. We would have loved to have seen any of them.

But let’s see both sides for a second. They did incorporate a lot of authentic Native inclusiveness.

Dior did well with the consultants, and well with the female model and the Native dancer. It was just Depp. He ruined the entire thing. Oh, and the fact that we’re still wondering if Dior is giving a single dollar to Native causes from the earnings of this product. But what do we know? According to People magazine, the Comanche people said Depp is the “perfect embodiment of an intense Sauvage man,” and added that he is after all adopted by the Comanche community.

Watch the entire ad below and let us know what you think.

Update: Dior has deleted all images and video from their social media pages. Guess they learned their lesson.

READ: All Of The Mexicanas In Hollywood Dior Could Have Asked To Represent Their Mexican-Inspired Line That Aren’t Jennifer Lawrence

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

It’s 2021 and we have no shortage of epic collaborations between some of the world’s biggest Latino stars and top fashion brands. Everyone from J Balvin and Bad Bunny to Cardi B and now Maluma have entered the fashion industry to sell a lifestyle. And people are buying!

Maluma and French fashion house Balmain bring us a limited-edition collaboration.

Colombian superstar Maluma has partnered with French fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that will be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

The Balmain + Maluma line marks the first time ever the brand has designed a line with a celebrity. And it seems like the brand’s creative designer is pretty excited about the collab. Through photos on his Instagram, Olivier Rousteing referred to the reggaetón singer as his inspiration, captioned with supportive laudatory messages about merging their cultures and joint design process.

“Maluma, more than him being an incredible singer,” Rousteing notes, “[brings] a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing up his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well… I think the collaboration with Maluma is obviously giving to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

Maluma also seems to be pumped for the opportunity!

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

But if you want a piece of the collection be prepared to drop those coins.

Credit: Phraa / Balmain

Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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