A black photographer, David Nyanzi, who was subjected to open racism by a white model he identified as @ana.staciya, took to Instagram to narrate his experience with the model.
According to David, he took photos of the white model and asked for her Instagram handle, however the lady refused giving it to him, saying she ‘doesn’t give her Instagram to black people’.
His post read;
“I don’t give my Instagram to black people.” @ana.staciya
So the craziest thing happened this morning outside the shows. I took a picture of this lady and asked for her Instagram. That was her reply; but she was happy to share it with another non-black photographer.”
This is coming few weeks after Swedish clothing retail brand H&M caame under fire, following accusations of racism, which was sparked by the release of an image from their boys clothing range. The image portrayed a young black boy wearing a hoody that reads ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle.’
“We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree,” H&M said on Monday in a statement to The Washington Post.
“We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print. Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.
“It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”
People however took to Twitter, noting that other sweatshirts from the same line, including one reading “Survival expert”, were modeled by white children.
“So the black kid gets to wear the H&M sweater with ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle’ and the white kid one with ‘Survival expert’. This is beyond disgusting. It’s a projection of your neo-colonial thinking,” one person tweeted.