Elle Editor Apologizes For Donning Blackface to Impersonate Solange Knowles

ELLE’s France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo has issued an apology via Twitter after she was heavily criticized for wearing  Blackface at an event. The Fashion Bomb Daily uncovered the photo and shared it with its readers and the backlash quickly grew. Deroo addressed her critics in this apology translated from French to English):

“I realize how much the fact of painting oneself brown is an offensive act. I didn’t realize the seriousness of my action when I went to a private party last Saturday evening, which the theme was ‘Icons,’ and where I chose to embody Solange Knowles, of whom I am a fan. During this private party, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram without intention of hurting anyone. I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies. I would also like to indicate that this picture published in a private context does not involve in any way the French ELLE magazine I work for, and I am sorry for the prejudice it has caused.”


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