Carmela Z. sent us a link to the current volume of Vogue. In it is a slide show of a photo shoot featuring Liya Kedebe in Mali. Carmela notes, perceptively, that the binary between the modern and the primitive is not signified by race alone. This shoot “contrasts the glamorous foreigner with the native people and environment” in order to both romanticize “traditional” cultures and elevate “modern” ones.  It is worth speculating, I think, about exactly what it is, other than beauty, that is used to set Kedebe apart.

 

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