We admit it: We were feeling a little bit sorry for the African tribesmen in that Keira Knightley Vogue spread, wearing those totally generic red robes while she got to prance about in all those pretty thousand-dollar frocks. [Uh, more like three thousand dollars. -Ed] And yet, we thought, at least all the people in Africa are probably having the last laugh just beholding the absurdity of a $900 blanket on an elephant, right? At the very, very least? And then we read this.

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