Source: Lilly Workneh / theGrio
A photo published by the online magazine Buro 247 on Monday was defended by its editor as “a piece of art” while others have labeled it racist.
Miroslava Duma, the editor of the publication, published a story on Dasha Zhukova, the Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine. The article is accompanied with an image of the white leading editor sitting atop a chair supported by a nearly naked and very life-like black woman who is laid on her back with legs in the air.
The image, which was posted on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, has drawn criticism for its blatant disregard and lack of respect for women of color.
Duma originally posted the photo on Instagram but later removed it after the post was flooded with comments ridiculing the image. She later issued a public apology on the social media app, saying:
“Dear all, Buro24/7.ru team and I personally would like to express our sincerest apology to anyone who we have offended and hurt. It was absolutely not our intention. We are against racism or gender inequality or anything that infringes upon anyone’s rights. We love, respect and look up to people regardless of their race, gender or social status.”
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