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Vogue editor Anna Wintour responds to diversity complaints


Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has apologized after black workers demanded her resignation, revealing that she used a racist word and dismissed her concerns about cultural appropriation.

In a lengthy New York Times article published Saturday, 18 black journalists who worked with Wintour said Vogue favored employees who are thin, white and elitist, and 11 called for their resignation after abusive incidents involving them Wintour used the word "Pickaninny" and controversy over cultural appropriation caused Kendall Jenner's false gold teeth and Karlie Kloss " Vogue photoshoot as a Japanese geisha concern.

Naomi Campbell, one of the first black supermodels to appear on the cover of Wintour's September first issue in 1989, vehemently defended the publisher, and three other black people told The Times that Condé Nast had made positive changes and that Wintour Die was recently released from Her 16-year-old partner, telecommunications tycoon and entrepreneur Shelby Bryan, had promoted her to top positions.

Wintour, who has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988 and the artistic director of Condé Nast since 2013, making her editor-in-chief of all of its titles, responded to the recent allegations, saying in a statement to The Times: “I firmly believe that Das The most important thing each of us can do in our work is to provide opportunities to those who may not have had access to them and to add, “No doubt I made mistakes along the way, and if Vogue made mistakes under My watch is mine and I am determined to get the job done. & # 39;

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who starred alongside Harvey Weinstein in 2017, faces calls for her resignation over alleged racism and lack of diversity in the magazine

A black Vogue employee was outraged that Kendall magazine didn't condemn Jenner's fake gold teeth (above) in 2017, and Wintour reportedly replied, "Well, I honestly don't think that's a big deal."

A black Vogue employee was outraged that Kendall magazine didn't condemn Jenner's fake gold teeth (above) in 2017, and Wintour reportedly replied, "Well, I honestly don't think that's a big deal."

The Times article contains a number of examples of alleged racism under Wintour's leadership.

In 2017, Wintour used an offensive racial term in an email when she asked questions about whether a photo shoot of black models wearing hoods would be considered offensive themselves.

"I didn't mean to use an inappropriate word, but Pica Ninny crossed my mind," wrote Wintour.

In a statement to the Times, Wintour said, “I was trying to express my concern about how our readers might have interpreted a photo and brought the subject up for discussion, and I used a term that was offensive. And for that I really apologize. & # 39;

When Wintour asked a black assistant to weigh up the photo shoot, the assistant said the picture was not offensive but expressed displeasure that the Times said he was asked to judge as a junior employee.

In another incident in 2017, Kendall Jenner appeared at a London Fashion Week party with false gold teeth that a white Vogue writer described as a "playful wink at the city's free-spirited aesthetic" – or perhaps a proverbial kiss to her rumored boyfriend A $ AP Rocky. & # 39;

One white Vogue writer described Jenner's golden teeth as "a playful wink to the city's free-spirited aesthetic - or perhaps a proverbial kiss for her rumored friend A $ AP Rocky".

One white Vogue writer described Jenner's golden teeth as "a playful wink to the city's free-spirited aesthetic – or perhaps a proverbial kiss for her rumored friend A $ AP Rocky".

Wintour has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988 and artistic director of Condé Nast since 2013. This makes her the editor-in-chief for all titles

Wintour has been Editor-in-Chief of Vogue since 1988 and Artistic Director of Condé Nast since 2013. This makes her the editor-in-chief of all titles

The Times reports that a black Vogue employee voiced his indignation and said the golden teeth were cultural appropriation, and a lieutenant drew Wintour's attention to the problem, writing, "If Kendall wants to do something stupid, but our writers ( especially the white ones) you don't have to weigh it and glorify it or attribute it to reasons that are culturally insensitive. & # 39;

Wintour seemed to reject the cultural appropriation crisis, responding, "Well, I honestly don't think that's a big deal."

Also in 2017, white model Karlie Kloss made allegations of cultural appropriation when she appeared in Vogue in a geisha outfit. Her face was pale and her hair was dyed black.

The photo shoot in Japan was immediately accused of "Yellowface".

After screeching internal alarms over the feature, Wintour reportedly responded that it could not be cut because of its "enormous cost".

In another shocking incident, Wintour reportedly pondered the possibility of deleting a Condé Nast writer's reply on a company's social media account criticizing "white editors".

Fashion editors Anna Wintour (L) and Hamish Bowles (2ndL) look at a model presenting a creation for Max Mara's Women Fall - Winter 2020 fashion collection on February 20, 2020

Fashion editors Anna Wintour (L) and Hamish Bowles (2ndL) look at a model presenting a creation for Max Mara's Women Fall – Winter 2020 fashion collection on February 20, 2020

Anna Wintour and Patrick Demarchelier attend the amfAR New York Gala 2015 on Cipriani Wall Street. Demarchelier shot a controversial photo of white model Karlie Kloss in a geisha outfit. Her face was pale and her hair was dyed black

Anna Wintour and Patrick Demarchelier attend the amfAR New York Gala 2015 on Cipriani Wall Street. Demarchelier shot a controversial photo of white model Karlie Kloss in a geisha outfit. Her face was pale and her hair was dyed black

Over the summer, Bon Appétit's Instagram feed was flooded with comments after explosive claims were made that people of color were paid less than whites in the cooking videos and that ethnic recipes were "whitewashed".

Priya Krishna, a Condé Nast freelance contributor, joined in with a comment on Bon Appétit's Instagram: “I've been forced to think outside of myself and my identity throughout my career. Why can't white editors change their minds now? & # 39;

The Times reports that Wintour asked for the item to be removed, but at the time of their request, the Krishna post was online for hours and Wintour was warned that the deletion would only attract more attention.

When the social media team suggested posting new content that would push the article down in users' feeds, Wintour approved the plan, two people involved in the discussion told the newspaper.

Wintour has also been criticized for not being present during a major Condé Nast race in June despite serving as head of the company's Diversity and Inclusion Council.

This year's September edition of Vogue, the most important of the year, was dedicated to black culture and its contributors

This year's September edition of Vogue, the most important of the year, was dedicated to black culture and its contributors

Naomi Campbell, one of the first black supermodels to appear on the cover of Wintour's first September issue in 1989 (above), vehemently defended the publisher

Naomi Campbell, one of the first black supermodels to appear on the cover of Wintour's first September issue in 1989 (above), vehemently defended the publisher

According to Condé Nast, 42 percent of editors are no longer white. This year's September edition of Vogue, the most important of the year, was dedicated to black culture and its contributors.

Radhika Jones, the daughter of an Indian mother and a white American father, replaced Graydon Carter as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair in 2017, defending Wintour, who was a member of the small committee that appointed her.

"My experience with Anna has been only positive," Jones told the Times. "She supports my vision and understands what I wanted to achieve and she has helped me achieve it."

However, some anonymous current and former staff members told the newspaper that Wintour presided over a racist culture in the magazine.

"Fashion is damned," said a black former employee of the newspaper. & # 39; It's hard. That's how it should be. But if we were to rate a shoot or a look at Vogue, we'd say, "This is Vogue" or "This is not Vogue," and what that really meant was "thin, rich, and white." How do you work in this environment? & # 39;

It follows Wintour's Mea Culpa in an internal memo dated June 4, when protests against the death of George Floyd raged across the nation and internal revolts made the top brass at Condé Nast, the editor of Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Bon Appétit , threatened other titles.

Black fashion titan André Leon Talley (above), a former top editor of Vogue who left in 2013, blew Wintour's apology, calling her "colonial broad" and "legitimate".

Black fashion titan André Leon Talley (above), a former top editor of Vogue who left in 2013, blew Wintour's apology, calling her "colonial broad" and "legitimate".

"Let me be clear that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to give space to black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators," wrote Wintour.

“We also made mistakes by posting pictures or stories that were hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for these mistakes, ”she continued.

After the memo leaked, black fashion titan André Leon Talley, a former top editor of Vogue who left in 2013 after an argument with Wintour, apologized in a podcast interview.

"Dame Anna Wintour is a colonial woman," Talley said. & # 39; It is part of an environment of colonialism. She has the right, and I don't think she will ever let anything stand in the way of her white privilege. & # 39;

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