White Magazine Editor Sparks Outrage by Sitting On ‘Black Woman Chair’ [Photo]

Rucuss staffJanuary 21, 2014

New magazine Buro 247 has been accused of racism after it published a photo of Garage magazine editor-in-chief and Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made of an almost-naked black female mannequin.

The image of the fully-dressed white editor perched on a near-naked black woman, has sparked outrage and a slew of critical comments after it was posted online. It caused even more outrage because it was published on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In the controversial photos, Zhukova is dressed in a white shirt and jeans while she sits on top of a black model. The model wears only gloves, stockings and a garter belt, with her breasts pushed up against her legs.

Zhukova Dasha

The chair was created by 60s pop artist Allen Jones. According to Styleite.com, “Jones’ forniphilic chairs were a source of controversy during the height of their popularity in the ’60s, though it’s Buro who have amped up the cringe factor by selecting one of the few pieces that uses a woman of color.”

Buro 247 is run by editor-and-chief Miroslava Duma. She posted the image on Instagram, and defended the photo as a work of art. Later, Duma removed the image from her account and the magazine has cropped the chair out of the photograph after a barrage of backlash.

Dasha Zhukova

Zhukova is the model girlfriend of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. In April, she gave birth to the couple’s first daughter at New York Presbyterian hospital. For two months, the couple awaited the baby’s birth on board Abramovich’s $500 million, 533-foot yacht docked in the Hudson river. Forbes magazine dubbed the birth “the most expensive baby delivery ever.”

Photos via Buro247.ru

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