The fashion director of Vogue Brazil, Donata Meirelles, has resigned after posting photos of her 50th birthday party seated on a throne surrounded by black women wearing white.
She posted the images to her Instagram but promptly deleted them after facing backlash on the platform, with many saying the photos were modeled upon the country’s colonial and slaveholding past.
“Condé Nast International is aware of the hurt and dismay caused by images of the private birthday party of Donata Meirelles, Style Director of Vogue Brazil. Vogue Brazil is going to set up a working group of scholars and activists that will help the team to more deeply understand the history of slavery and the lasting pain it has left behind. As a company, we have zero tolerance for racism and images evoking racism. Condé Nast International is a force for positive societal change and stands for diversity and inclusiveness.”
Hey @CondeNast, Donata Meirelles, the director of Vogue Brazil, had her birthday party inspired in "Brazil Slavery Colonies" and even had black models dressed as slaves to use as photo props. Asking for a friend: does this align with your company's values? #VogueRacista pic.twitter.com/7K0DmnK7nd— Partido do Suco de Laranja (@ninaborges) February 9, 2019