Following Julianne Hough’s controversial Halloween costume, Elle France’s Beauty Editor Jeanne Deroo posted a picture of herself on Instagram posing as singer Solange Knowles complete with an Afro wig and a painted face. The now viral snap was soon removed, but we were able to track down an image of it on Stylist.ca.
The Beauty Editor recently took to Twitter sending her sincerest apologizes to the publications, press, and people by saying:
“I realise how much the fact of painting oneself brown is an offensive act. I didn’t realise the seriousness of my action when I went to a private party last Saturday evening, which the theme was “Icons”, and where I chose to embody Solange Knowles, of whom I am a fan. During this private party, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram without intention of hurting anyone. I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies. I would also like to indicate that this picture published in a private context does not involve in any way the french ELLE magazine I work for, and I am sorry for the prejudice it has caused.”
The irony of this situation is that Elle France has recently put a woman of colour, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on their “Woman Of The Year” cover. We truly hope that this costume does not distract readers from the publications momentous issue. Hopefully this negative attention will be a rude awakening for people everywhere who deem dawning blackface socially acceptable, that it is not.