New Vogue Italia Story Pokes Fun at Poor Blacks and Latinas, Seems Kinda RacistJenna Sauers3/09/12 10:50amFiled to: FashionHaute MessHaute mess vogue italiaVogue italia ghetto fabulousVogue italia ghettoVogue italia blackVogue italia parodytweetFb245EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkSteven Meisel's brand new cover story for Vogue Italia is already drawing the ire of some commentators for showcasing racist stereotypes. Called "Haute Mess" and extensively hyped online — the magazine blogged behind-the-scenes teaser GIFs and sneak peeks to build anticipation — the Internet now seems primed to do what it does best, next perhaps to watching cat videos: discuss at length whether or not something is racist. The story certainly trades in ethnic stereotypes. The font is based on graffiti. The Sharpie brows and heavy lip-liner bespeak a chola influence. The detailed acrylic nail art says "ghetto fabulous." Oh, dear: a high-end magazine in an industry not known for great ethnic diversity in the imagery it creates is using low-income women of color and the fashion trends they set as inspiration for an editorial spread. Is there any wonder this feels condescending? ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.