The beige version of the shoes did not cause indignation.
Brand Katy Perry Collections, owned by American singer Katy Perry, was in the center of the scandal because of the design of one of the pairs of shoes in the lineup. For $ 129 (about 8.5 thousand rubles), this shoe resembles a face with eyes, a triangular nose and brightly painted lips, and the black version seems outrageous to many.
First Prada, then Gucci, and now Katy Perry. When Black people said we want more black faces in the fashion industry, this is not what we meant. pic.twitter.com/PifTg76PZD
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) February 11, 2019
“First Prada, then Gucci, now Katy Perry. When black people said that we wanted to see more dark faces in the french industry, we didn’t mean that. ”
— ChantillyCoco (@ChantillyCoco) February 11, 2019
The shoes were presented in Walmart and Dillard’s supermarkets, and were sold, including through the sites of these retailers. However, from February 11, they were not available for purchase online. They also disappeared from the Perry collection site.
The representative of the singer explained that the shoes were part of a collection released in the summer of 2018 in nine different shades (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, beige, pink, red and silver) as “a tribute to modern art and surrealism.”
I was upset when I learned that these shoes are compared with images that resemble a dark-skinned face. We did not intend to hurt anyone.