While the fashion world isn't known for its depictions of authenticity, a French fashion magazine has caused a stir with its use of a white model in blackface for its feature called "African Queen".
The spread in Numero magazine's March issue features the very blond, very blue-eyed Ondria Hardin, 16, of North Carolina, in not just blackface but blackbody, darkened from head to toe either by makeup, Photoshop or both.
Image of model Ondria Hardin from her Facebook page. (Facebook photo)
Discussion boards buzzed with reaction Tuesday.
"This is offensive and it is done in poor taste. It's sending the message that 'We celebrate African beauty ... just without any Africans," Kay Clarke wrote on Facebook.
Fashion blog Styleite pointed out this isn't the first time Numero has blurred racial lines. In 2010 the mag published photos featuring white model Constance Jablonski also with darkened skin, wearing a series of afro wigs and posing with a black baby.