Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Katy Perry’s Shoes Resembling Blackface Are Reportedly Being Pulled From Shelves

Katy Perry’s Shoes Resembling Blackface Are Reportedly Being Pulled From Shelves

The backlash isn't without warning, as Perry was already criticised for the shoes when she first shared a design on Instagram in August 2018.

The disturbing trend of blackface in designer fashion continued this week, as several pieces in pop star Katy Perry's shoe line are being pulled from shelves due to minstrel features on the footwear. The vamps in both styles include the same protruding eyes, nose and full red lips.

The shoes that offended some people were part of a Katy Perry Collection launched last summer which was sold in United States stores such as Dillard's and Walmart.

The black version specifically resembles historical blackface makeup.

Two pairs from her eponymous line, Katy Perry Collections, are said to depict blackface features. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes".

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Historically, blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used by black people playing white people. According to Gucci, the top was "immediately removed" from its website and all physical stores.

Perry and Global Brands Group issued the statement saying they did not have any intention to inflict any pain.

Gucci has since released an apology in an official statement circulated on Twitter.

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