5:46 pm - 01/20/2014

Garage Magazine Editor-In-Chief Dasha Zhukova Sits On A 'Black Woman Chair' for Editorial

Happy Martin Luther King Day!
As we pause to reflect on Dr. King’s enduring message of Civil Rights and equality, we must deal with the reality of modern day ignorance and racial insensitivity.
Today, Miroslava Duma’s new online magazine Buro 247 published an article on Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova. The illustration? A serene looking Zhukova sitting on a ‘black woman’ chair.

The Editor-in-Chief of Garage magazine perches on a black ‘dummy,’ (not a real human) who is nude save panties, a garter belt, elbow length gloves, and knee high boots, her folded knees suggestively pushing her naked breasts against her body. As Dasha stares out at the camera in the light filled room, she appears the total opposite of the compromised black woman on the floor. The message: white dominance and superiority, articulated in a seemingly serene yet overtly degrading way.

The photo has now been cropped on the website. To View the original photo click the cut

It’s troubling that Buro 247 chose to publish this article today (they will undoubtedly attest ignorance and soon issue an apology–Miroslava Duma has already deleted the picture from her Instagram, and perhaps the interview on her site will come down as well), but instances like these always serve as reminders that we have come so far, yet still have so far to go.
The art and fashion industries are the few bastions of society where blatant racism and ignorance are given the greenlight in the name of creativity.
This must stop.

*I did a bit of research, and found that the chair seems to be an iteration of this bondage chair, created by Allen Jones ca. 1969. Apparently white strippers were put in compromising positions as well. Does that make the symbolism any less troubling?

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janetdkd 20th-Jan-2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
Settling in
msmortician 20th-Jan-2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
jesus fucking christ
sadgirlsclub 20th-Jan-2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
j_cap06 20th-Jan-2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
JFC..just what the fuck? Fucking white people lmaoooo
randommakings 20th-Jan-2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm just so astounded and horrified by this it's like my brain can't even process it.
ms_mmelissa 21st-Jan-2014 12:10 am (UTC)

My mind keeps short circuiting while going between "Why?" and "WTF???"
caveofabjection 21st-Jan-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
mte, like before I saw the picture I was thinking oh shit this is going to be bad BUT IT WAS SO MUCH WORSE THAN THAT
arielazul_22 21st-Jan-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
i can't stop laughing...it's like so offensive it's come back around to being hilarious
jiggle_jingles8 21st-Jan-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
I had some seconds that I just sat still and was thinking....No no no no no no. How could she think this is remotely okay....over and over.
chokolatita21 Re: their response tho21st-Jan-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
I was looking for the gallery and I didn't saw this paticular model, all of the sculptures were white.
robintheshrew Re: their response tho21st-Jan-2014 01:59 am (UTC)
If it wasn't disgustingly racist-- ie. if the dummy were white-- it would be sexist. You can't win with these fucking chairs, they're just a bad idea all around.
swissbeauty23 Re: their response tho21st-Jan-2014 05:58 am (UTC)
female figure as furniture...AS IF THAT MAKES IT ANY BETTER
ninja18 Re: their response tho21st-Jan-2014 08:56 am (UTC)
They have got their info wrong he didn't design the chair it was Bjarne Melgaard.
it_llbeyourname Re: their response tho21st-Jan-2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
someone please explain to me why this magazine seems to think the artistic identity of the sculpture reduces the offensiveness of the picture. we're not looking at the work itself on its own, it has become *part* of another image, which is now a work to be analysed in its own right. the connotations of the image itself, on the front of the magazine, override the initial purpose of the sculpture and distort its original power (not that i like the sculpture anyway). her whiteness destructs and contorts its meaning. even if the sculpture has a contradictory purpose (being so racist that it uncomfortably but 'necessarily' shoves racism in our faces so we can reflect on the sins of mankind), her sitting on it, being white, looking totally unflappable and in control, obliterates that by refusing to acknowledge the work's "irony." SO HOW DOES THIS EXCUSE MAKE ANY SENSE???????
sallgoodman 21st-Jan-2014 03:08 am (UTC)
Same. There is so much wrong with this picture but I can't find the words to express how disgusted I am
abiding 21st-Jan-2014 04:32 am (UTC)
mjspice 21st-Jan-2014 10:10 am (UTC)
Seriously. With the cut I thought it was a statue but......IT'S A REAL WOMAN!!!!
beatlesluv 21st-Jan-2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's exactly how I feel. Completely...like what?
hateistoodark 20th-Jan-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
walker_sarah 20th-Jan-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
o m g
whitefox 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
this is what white feminism looks like lmao
whitefox 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
but seriously what the fuck
j_cap06 20th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
Lmao yes it is. Omg i cant believe nobody stopped this.
whilstinvogue 21st-Jan-2014 12:01 am (UTC)
roxas39 21st-Jan-2014 12:02 am (UTC)
No lies
blue_birds 21st-Jan-2014 12:02 am (UTC)
_xxtom 21st-Jan-2014 12:03 am (UTC)
beaddddddsss 21st-Jan-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
loooool well damn
roguewave3 21st-Jan-2014 12:08 am (UTC)
dull_and_wicked 21st-Jan-2014 12:09 am (UTC)
humbug 21st-Jan-2014 12:10 am (UTC)
yep, #ffffffeminism strikes again
markedglory 21st-Jan-2014 12:10 am (UTC)
lol pm
deadendqueen16 21st-Jan-2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Well, shit
sprty 21st-Jan-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
takobella 21st-Jan-2014 12:37 am (UTC)

arielazul_22 21st-Jan-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
akdjfoawjealkej but did you lie???

cremated, spread my ashes etc
pikapika217 21st-Jan-2014 12:45 am (UTC)
ilylykewoah 21st-Jan-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
cloudsnberries 21st-Jan-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
lmao YAWP
abiding 21st-Jan-2014 04:33 am (UTC)
lmfao yes
wild_poppies 21st-Jan-2014 09:23 am (UTC)
mjspice 21st-Jan-2014 10:10 am (UTC)
So much truth.
treebraids 21st-Jan-2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
nimberlane 21st-Jan-2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
late but yes lmao
justkeepworking 21st-Jan-2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
hisjulliet 21st-Jan-2014 11:46 pm (UTC)

cocobone 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'd like to slap that serene expression off her face,holy fuck.
lovelyluna34 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
i mean wtf c'mon are they really that stupid, they must do this to get attention. i can't believe they are that stupid
treegrowth 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
stop it white people
killetheth 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
funk2funky 20th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
How artistic............. :\


Edited at 2014-01-20 11:59 pm (UTC)
thanks_phil 20th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
ponpiri 20th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
That isn't something that I would chose for my office decor...

Anyway, Pornhub was on some bullshat today too

leviicorpus 21st-Jan-2014 12:01 am (UTC)
roxas39 21st-Jan-2014 12:01 am (UTC)
randommakings 21st-Jan-2014 12:02 am (UTC)
God, at least you expect Pornhub to be some what tasteless but the fucking editor of a major magazine?
whilstinvogue 21st-Jan-2014 12:03 am (UTC)
But ....

tuggernuts 21st-Jan-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
lmao omg
ponpiri 21st-Jan-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, that wasn't any better or funny. And then MLK day isn't a celebration of his DEATH.
_spiderwebs 21st-Jan-2014 12:20 am (UTC)
dafuqgetoffmeho 21st-Jan-2014 12:26 am (UTC)
deadendqueen16 21st-Jan-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
WAT x2
deadendqueen16 21st-Jan-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
alethaweapon 21st-Jan-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
lmao omg what
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