UPDATE: Miroslava Duma has since taken to Instagram to issue the following apology:
Read our original story below.
Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko and publisher Miroslava Duma are facing a severe backlash following a now-deleted Instagram post that contained a racial slur. An image in Duma’s IG Stories showed a handwritten note from Sergeenko featuring a lyric from Kanye West and JAY-Z’s popular “N***** in Paris” song.
The note, which can be seen below on Bryan Boy’s account, elicited a wave of fury from fans, followers and the wider fashion industry.
Stylist and 032c Fashion Editor Marc Goehring responded by posting a picture of himself wearing an anti-Duma T-shirt.
This is not the first time Duma has courted controversy. Back in 2014, the blogger came under fire for posting an image on her website Buro 24/7 of Garage magazine’s then-editor in chief Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair in the shape of a black woman.
As Diet Prada outlines below, Duma also previously made controversial remarks about featuring of trans models on her blog (swipe to the last two videos of the post).
Shortly after the news broke, Duma was removed from her position on the board of The Tot, a children’s company she co-founded in 2015.
Both Duma and Sergeenko have now apologized on social media, with Sergeenko acknowledging that she uses the racial slur casually, “we call each other the N word sometimes when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it.”
Some Twitter users, however, weren’t convinced and took to social media to slam Sergeenko’s apology.
View both apologies below.
This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates as we get them.
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