Clayton W. alerted us to this September’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Paul Goude decided to photograph Naomi Campbell as if she were in Africa with animals.  Clayton writes that it “…very nearly turns her into some sort of animal.”  Below are some images from the photo shoot, courtesy of Womanist Musings (via Feministing):





On this cover of Vibe, Lil’ Kim is posed animalistically and, it is asserted, she is “ready to roar”:

NEW! Naomi Campbell, is also put in leopard print in this photo in the December 2008 issue of Russian Vogue (found here):


ALSO NEW! Iman with a cheetah, and with a cheetah print scarf on her head, as photographed by Peter Beard, 1985 (found here):


ALSO ALSO NEW! These two pictures of Grace Jones (from here) involve animalization (explicitly in the second case). These images may not be safe for work, so I’ve put them after the jump, along with another example:



FINALLY! Bri A. sent in these photos of Bratz Nighty Nite dolls. Notice that the doll of color, Sasha, is in leopard print pajamas, but the others are not (a quick google search confirms the costume is race-specific; images here and here):


You can view our other posts in which black women and girls are associated with exotic animals here and here.


Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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