- Russian fashion blog Buro 24/7 used the shocking image of Dasha Zhukova Monday with an unrelated interview on the ex-model’s magazine, Garage
- Miroslava Duma, the blog’s editor, also posted the insensitive photo on Instagram
- Both were met with a barrage of disgusted comments, forcing Duma to delete the picture from Instagram and crop out the chair on Buro 24/7
- In the image, the 32-year-old, wearing a crisp white shirt buttoned nearly to the top and blue jeans, perches on the extremely life-like black mannequin
- The dummy is naked save for a pair of leather-look black panties, a belt, elbow length gloves and knee-high boots and appears to be straining
By HELEN POW
PUBLISHED: 21:54 EST, 20 January 2014 | UPDATED: 05:40 EST, 21 January 2014
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s partner has sparked an internet firestorm after an online magazine published a photo of her sitting on a chair made to resemble a half-naked black woman – on Martin Luther King Day.
Buro 24/7 used the horrendously offensive image of Dasha Zhukova Monday to illustrate an unrelated interview about the former model’s new magazine, Garage. Miroslava Duma, the blog’s editor, also posted the insensitive photo on Instagram.
Both were met with an immediate barrage of disgusted comments, and Duma quickly deleted the picture from Instagram and cropped out the chair on Buro 24/7.
‘This is incredibly racist,’ Organizing for Women’s Liberation tweeted Monday, after news of the unbelievable picture spread.
In the image, the Moscow-born 32-year-old, wearing a crisp white shirt buttoned nearly to the top and blue jeans, perches on an extremely life-like black mannequin who is naked save for a pair of leather-look black panties, a dominatrix-style belt, elbow length gloves and knee-high boots.
The dummy is laying on her back with her knees bent and a cushion, which Zhukova is sitting on, is balanced on her bottom.
Her neck is propped up off the floor uncomfortably, as if she is straining to look at her master, and her amble, naked bosom is pressed provocatively against her body.
Zhukova, staring at the camera, appears the complete opposite of the black woman she’s weighing down.
FashionBombDaily.com editor Claire Sulmers was among the first to express her disbelief, claiming the photo’s message was startlingly clear: ‘White dominance and superiority, articulated in a seemingly serene yet overtly degrading way.’
She wrote on her blog that racism remained rampant in the art and fashion worlds and this needed to stop.
‘The art and fashion industries are the few bastions of society where blatant racism and ignorance are given the greenlight in the name of creativity,’ Sulmers complained.
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Twitter erupted after Duma published the article, presumably not realizing citizens in the U.S. and around the world were remembering the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King’s struggles for racial equality.
User Ric Caric wrote, ‘I guess Garage Magazine thought that today would be a great day to advertise their racism,’ while Julee A. Wilson tweeted, ‘MLK is turning in his grave and I’m cursing these people’s stupidity with all my heart and soul! MAJOR fail!’
User Nikia tweeted: ‘Extremely disappointed in Miroslava Duma and Buro247 for posting this nonsense, especially on a day like today. smh,’ and Alex von Tunzelmann wrote, ‘Even in the grim, tasteless world of fashion photography, this revolting racist image- pub’d on MLK Day!- stands out.’
Zhukova was born in Moscow to a prominent Russian businessman and oil magnate and a Russian scientist but her parents split when she was three and at 10 she moved to the US with her mother.
She went to a privileged day school in California and then attended the University of California, Santa Barbara before returning to Moscow and later moving to London.
She and Abramovich, who is worth $14 billion and known for his luxury yachts, have two children Aaron Alexander, born 3 December 2009 and Leah Lou, born 15 April 2013.
Neither Buro 24/7 nor Dasha Zhukova have yet responded to MailOnline’s calls for comment.