Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Roman Abramovich's girlfriend says sorry after posing on 'black woman' chair for fashion shoot

An image of Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made to look like a
half-naked black woman was published on fashion website Buro 24/7 on
Martin Luther King Day
Racism row: Dasha Zhukova on the 'black woman' chair
The girlfriend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has said sorry after
sitting on a chair made to look like a half-naked black woman on
Martin Luther King Day.

Fashion website Buro 24/7 used the offensive image of Dasha Zhukova to
illustrate an unrelated interview about the former model's new
magazine, Garage.

However the picture was posted as America celebrated their national
holiday to remember civil rights leader Dr King on Monday.

"This is incredibly racist," Organising for Women's Liberation tweeted
after discovering the pictures.

While Musa Okwonga wrote: "The slave chair is the perfect metaphor for
how black women are treated by the fashion industry."

Alex Tunzelmann added: "Even in the grim, tasteless world of fashion
photography, this revolting racists image published on MLK Day! -
stands out."

Zhukova quickly deleted the image from her Instagram page after she
was met with a barrage of irate comments while Buro later cropped out
the chair in the picture.

And the 32-year-old apologised, saying: "I utterly abhor racism, and
would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by this

The photograph showing her sitting in the shocking chair was published
"completely out of context", she said

Zhukova and Abramovich, who is worth £8.5 billion, have two children
Aaron Alexander, four and 10-month-old Leah Lou.

Neither Buro 24/7 nor Dasha Zhukova were available for comment.

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