Thursday, May 26, 2022

Nicki Minaj’s Elle Photoshoot w/ Karl Lagerfeld Sparks Colorism Debate

*Nicki Minaj was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for the July issue of Elle magazine, and the most talked-about image in the high-fashion spread has sparked debate about privilege and colorism.

The provocative photo features Minaj having her floor-length extensions (59 inches) groomed by celebrity stylist Kim Kimble.

As noted by theglowup.com, to some, it’s a striking image of two successful black women at the top of their respective games. To others, the dynamics of the image are problematic:

When writer Myles E. Johnson tweeted his criticism of the image, he sparked online debate about colorism and stereotypes, calling the photo a “white supremacist image” —  because the well-groomed and “straight-haired Minaj is being groomed by the darker-skinned and braided Kimble, wearing her work clothes.”

While some agree, others aren’t so accepting of his take:

According to Minaj herself, she asked Kimble to stay in the shot and Elle magazine opted to publish it.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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