As if the Paris Vogue Lara Stone Blackface editorial wasn’t enough, V Magazine has emerged with a trump card: Sasha Pivovarova in blackface posing opposite Heidi Mount in their November issue:

Blackface V Magazine

It’s funny, a large majority of my French friends of African descent really didn’t find the Paris Vogue Lara Stone editorial offensive at all. Because they don’t have the same history of struggle in Europe, they weren’t quick to cite the race card– they viewed the blackface photos as bizarre at worst.

Which brings us to V. This is an American magazine, so they should know better, right? Or is there something we’re missing here? Is painting your skin another color simply a new fashion trend?