Exotic Brown Children: The Newest Fashion Accessory from J. Crew!

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A concerned tipster sent in a photo of the latest J. Crew catalog, saying:

I just received the most recent J Crew "Style Guide" in the mail yesterday and am pretty annoyed at the image they chose for the cover. They have two white models standing amongst a group of (Burmese?) Southeast Asian children on a traditional historic temple. It's modern colonialism at it's finest.

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Maybe the next J. Crew catalog can feature grinning white people standing next to inner-city black children! Or giving a thumbs-up to strange, scary homeless people! Everyone: human beings are not a fashion accessory. And using an exotic vacation narrative to sell clothes that are probably made by poor people in just such an "exotic" country is awkward.

Further reading: Using A Woman Of Color As The "Background" In A Photo Shoot: It's Not Okay

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ididthatonce
ididthatonce

To be fair, if European colonizers ordered from a catalog, I'm pretty sure it would be J. Crew. I can't say I've ever seen a non-white person wearing their clothes.