Vogue is commonly impressed by different cultures. Cries of cultural appropriation are generally overblown, generally not. However at a time the place asian actors are attempting to achieve equal pay whereas dismissing ongoing racist caricatures, alongside comes photographer Billy Kidd in an advertorial for Chanel in Interview Journal.

  • Sure, some asians put on straw hats whereas farming
  • Sure, some asians use a carrying pole.

However in New York Metropolis:

  • No, asians don’t put on straw hats (with a Chanel brand) in Chinatown
  • Nor do they use carrying poles
  • Chinese language individuals don’t put on tabi (toe socks)
  • They’ve the best price of poverty in New York Metropolis
  • They’re victims of home violence and human trafficking
  • They reside in tiny residence, and are simply making an attempt to make a dwelling

The pictures are usually not “cool” or “superior.” They play upon outdated racist stereotypes that view asians as straw hat sporting peasants within the title of style. 

What’s gained by such a shallow depiction?