Donata Meirelles has apologised after photos from her 50th birthday party were criticised for “evoking slavery”
Vogue Brazil’s fashion director has resigned after photos from her 50th birthday party were criticised for “evoking slavery.”
One image, now deleted from Instagram, show fashion boss Donata Meirelles sat on a throne with two black women in traditional dress stood either side of her.
Critics on social media have accused her of being racially insensitive,
Ms Meirelles has apologised and denies the images were linked with slavery.
The image first emerged in a now-deleted Instagram post by Brazilian journalist Fabio Bernardo.
It has been suggested that the black women’s clothes were similar to those worn by slaves, while the throne resembled a cadeira de sinhá – a chair for slave masters.
Other pictures from the party in Salvador de Bahia in northeast Brazil, show traditionally-dressed black women welcoming and ushering guests.
TV presenter Rita Batista, posted the party picture with another photograph, taken in 1860, of a white woman sat next to two slaves.
“Think about how much you can hurt people, their memories, the plight of their people, when you choose a theme to ‘spice up’ a happy moment in your life,” said Brazilian singer Elza Soares in an Instagram post.
Ms Meirelles apologised in a now-deleted statement on Instagram. She added that the women’s clothes were traditional Bahian party dress and the chair was a relic from the Afro-Brazilian folk religion candomblé.
On Wednesday, she announced her resignation in a separate post.
“At age 50, it’s time for action. I’ve heard a lot, I need to hear more,” she said.
Vogue also issued an apology for the incident, saying it “deeply regrets what happened and hopes that the debate generated will serve as a learning experience.”
The fashion magazine also said it would form a panel of experts and academics to address concerns about inequality at the publication.
This is the third racially-charged incident Vogue has apologised for this years.
In February, it again misidentified two actresses from the movie Crazy Rich Asians.