Sunday, February 28, 2010

Form of Art?

(Taken from March Issue of Vogue)

Ok, so I know this is old news; but this Roberto Cavalli ad in this month's issue of Vogue takes me back to this issue.

In the October issue of French Vogue, Lara Stone posed in black face. Many people found themselves in a time warp where blacks were mocked in Vaudeville and the silver screen. The dramatic coal colored skin and hulking white lips, reminds some of the old shuckin' and jivin', lazy and watermelon eating stereotypes burned in the minds of the offended. Art critics and fans of the photo immediately classified the photos as  works of art, not a statement of racism. Like other issues of race, the photos were talked about in blogs across the country then forgotten.

Although the models in Cavalli's ad are not in black face, they are covered in enough faux tanner to give the effect of darker skin, and depending on the eye, a different race. Why not use a black model to make your point? With models like Chanel Iman and Quiana Grant, surely there's not a lack of beautiful black women. Is is truly a work of art or racism in its truest form?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Welcome to Ruby Leonne 2.0

As some of you readers have noticed, my blog is new and improved. I left my last blog unkept and empty; but I promise the new Ruby Leonne 2.0 will not be neglected.

Within the next year and a half (or so), I will complete my degree in Public Relations. I want to specialize in fashion PR. So I emailed a well known fashion PR professional, Crosby Noricks of PR Couture, for some well needed advice. She told me to jump in, get my feet wet now so when I make my transition to the field I would be prepared and (hopefully) build a brand within the fashion PR field. This blog is a testament of the advice Crosby bestowed me. Thanks Crosby.

On "Nine Lives", we will discuss the ins and outs of the fashion and beauty industry. Once a week, I will showcase a new product that I will test and report my findings. (All products are purchase by myself unless indicated in the blog. So the review will be completely bias. I have to make sure I add that so the blogger police don't come after me.) I will give some "Local Love". Indiana is sprouting many local fashion designers and beauty experts. I want to do my part to increase awareness of the mark that Hoosiers make in the industry.

Photography is one of my new hobbies. So my readers will be subjected to my novice. Bear with me, please. (I should also note, all pictures are taken by me unless noted.)

I hope that you will enjoy the 2.0 version. Feel free to leave comments and voice your opinion.
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