While still actively under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, style maven Ian Connor has uploaded an image to his Instagram account of him appearing in a controversial advertisement for label OFF-WHITE.
The ad, which appears in the latest issue of i-D magazine, shows Connor standing on a pedestal with his hands and ankles bound together. A white female model stares up at him dressed in a long flowing denim skirt, which in this shot appears reminiscent of the billowing dresses worn by women during times of slavery in the United States.
Connor captioned the picture with “Shut The Fuck Up,” but Instagram users were quick to reply in response. One user, @jaeforte, commented, “Looks like a slave auction.”
OFF-WHITE founder and mastermind, Virgil Abloh, was certainly aware of the connotations of the shoot, but he has as yet left it open to interpretation.
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