As Brigitte says at Make Fetch Happen,
It really boggles my mind that for some people, the first thing that pops into their mind when seeing any African person in traditional dress is “Wow, that thing would make a great prop for my photo.” There is no such thing as subtle contrast in that photographer’s eye, there is only, “wouldn’t it look cool to have a white woman in expensive clothes standing in front of black Africans? I mean, they’re so savage and dangerous but she is so in control!”
(More images below the cut, could be triggery)
I guess they’re just trying to compete with Iritline‘s slavery porn:
And remember America’s Next Top Model’s murder shoot?
Catherine: “When we arrived, we could hear this like, weird singing, and as soon as we walked in, we could see these Zulu dancers, doing their dance. I just loved the atmosphere!”
Rachael: “The fact that we had Zulu warriors was so much fun! There was so much excitement and activity going on, it was definitely a bit of a wakeup call. I think I just stood there, like – Oh my gosh, what are they going to make me do? And as if out of nowhere, Huggy [Ragnarsson] comes walking through. I thought – what an amazing entrance.”
Huggy: “Welcome girls, welcome to Warrior-Land. Each one of you is my warrioress, and you have your warrior men. I brought you the best of the best – the Zulus. So you’re going to be the Magnificent Seven: one girl plus six great warrior men. So come with me – let’s start our journey.”
Alex: “My photo shoot was brilliant. She picked out this amazing Moulin Rouge-esque swing that was hanging from the ceiling with lights and stuff, and this beautiful vintage Valentino gown, which was just amazing.”
Huggy: “If I shot Alex standing next to the Zulu boys, she would look quite petite. So I put her on a swing, to give her that length, which she just handled beautifully.”
Alex: “I was sort of like hanging off the swing, [inuntelligible] and just be like – I’m powerful!”
Huggy: […] “I wanted to show her power, her elegance, her strength. She was like Audrey Hepburn on a swing in Moulin Rouge. She was in her element, you know – and fearless!”
It goes on from there. It’s all cringeworthy. And not in a good way.