Supermodel Iman is upset about Italian Vogue‘s recent feature about accessories dubbed "slave earrings."
When Vogue Italia posted a slideshow about "slave earrings," Iman was not amused. She, like many, was offended that the fashion publication would brand the big hoops with such an inflammatory label.
"Is it controversial? Yes. The naming of it, I don’t get it," Iman told Fashonista.com. "I sometimes wonder in this age of reality shows has it become part of the language—the more controversy the more [buzz] it creates. But yeah, I didn’t like it."
"Jewelry has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops," the article states. "If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of color who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom."
Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani has since apologized for the gaffe, and the feature showcasing the accessories has since been renamed "Ethnic Earrings."
In Iman’s opinion, however, a new name doesn’t erase the original meaning.
"Slave does not make it ethnic. Mind you, it’s not lost in translation—the word slave, we know what it is. They might as well have called them ‘n!*ga earrings.’"