Retailer blasted for range that also features slogans ‘Unapologetically Black’ and ‘Extraordinary Black Man’
The range of tops available on Zazzle features slogans including “I Am A Strong Black Woman”, “Unapologetically Black”, and “Extraordinary Black Man”.
White model sports a T-shirt with a slogan aimed at black shoppers
The range of tops that are worn by white models has sparked outrage
Process sees designs superimposed on stock shots of models
Yet no one from the black or ethnic communities are shown wearing them – with the apparent oversight provoking outrage.
Twitter user Yousra Elbagir stormed: “White model + generic pro-black women slogans @zazzle = the most awkward mess on EARTH.”
Shikimag added: “What, no Black models or do you think the only way to promote Black beauty is on a white face?”
Zazzle acts as a marketplace which allows designers to sell their own products to a wide audience.
To display clothing they use digital image manipulation to superimpose designs on stock photos of models.
It’s this process that seems to have led to the situation where a white male model sports a T-shirt that says “unapologetically black”.
Nobody from the black or ethnic communities are shown modelling the clothes
One Twitter users stormed: ‘White model + generic pro-black women slogans @zazzle = the most awkward mess on EARTH’
Exclusively white male models were also used to show off the range
Other designs on white models include “Black girl magic”, “Bantu knots with baby hair” and “Melanin & Mascara”.
The retailer is yet to comment on the controversy.
It comes as web giants Amazon and eBay found themselves at at the centre of a storm after it emerged sex dolls that look like children were being sold by them.
The sales emerged as an ex-school chief was convicted after having sex with a child-like mannequin.
The National Crime Agency says 123 of the “anatomically detailed and correct” £800 silicone dolls have been seized in a year. Made in the Far East, they are available from private sellers on both sites.
The NSPCC called for online retailers to immediately remove “these grotesque dolls”.
David Turner, 72, was found guilty yesterday of importing a 3ft 10in doll.
The former school governor and ex-church warden said he bought it for “companionship” and even dressed it in kids’ clothes. But he later admitted to cops what he had really done with it.
One Twitter users stormed: ‘Do you think the only way to promote Black beauty is on a white face?’
Retailer Zazzle has so far declined to comment on the controversy
Zazzle superimposes designs on stock photos of models
He was arrested last November after customs intercepted another doll imported from China.
Judge Simon James said at Canterbury crown court that any “right thinking person’’ would view the dolls as obscene.
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