Yesterday, the internet was abuzz over Kim's Paper Magazine spread. The response was mixed. Some shamed her saying "But she's a mother" while others were more positive. However, those thinking this is innovative or groundbreaking should be educated that these were just recreations and recycled art. The source had some interesting thoughts about the photos and felt that the imagery is steeped in centuries of racism, oppression and misogyny.
Photographer Jean-Paul Goude recreated his now famous Champagne Incident photo with Kim Kardashian.
These photos by Jean-Paul Goude seem to be a recreation of Saartjie Baartman.
Saartjie Baartmanwas a woman whose large butt brought her questionable fame and caused her to spend much of her life being mocked and prodded as a sexual object in a freak show.
Its very possible that Kim probably had no clue about the cultural and historic significance of what occured.
Much of Jean-Paul Goude's work over the past 30 years has become iconic, particularly his work with his (then-girlfriend) Grace Jones. But his work that he chose to recreate for Paper Magazine is problematic for several reasons.
The original shot is of a black woman standing in front of a blue wall while she pops champagne into a glass placed on her butt. And it's from a book entitled: Jungle Fever. Yes, Jungle Fever.
Per a People Magazine article written about the couple in 1979:
Jean-Paul has been fascinated with women like Grace since his youth. The son of a French engineer and an American-born dancer, he grew up in a Paris suburb. From the moment he saw West Side Story and the Alvin Ailey dance troupe, he found himself captivated by “ethnic minorities—black girls, PRs. I had jungle fever.” He now says, “Blacks are the premise of my work.”
Jean-Paul boldly told news reporters that his black girlfriend was a “schizo… outrageous bitch” and that at times he would get hysterical and explode in violence during their arguments.
Is there a strong correlation between these images and Saartjie's treatment as a sideshow animal. Quote from source: This idea that “black equals erotic” is fetishism in its purest form; it mocks “otherness” while pretending to celebrate it and defines human beings by their genitals instead of seeing them as whole people.
Thanks Mods! Paraphrased the best I could but the Full Article At Source