The fashion world is shaking their heads this week at a pair of influencers who apparently missed the whole "YOU CAN'T SAY THE 'N' WORD" memo. Seriously, guys? It's 2018. You can't say the freakin' N word.
On Monday, Miroslava Duma, the street style star and founder of Buro 24/7 posted an Instagram story featuring a note from her friend, couture designer Ulyana Sergeenko, which read "To all my n***** in Paris," an invite to her Paris show.
Folks were quick to call out both Duma and Sergeenko, with everyone from Bryanboy to Naomi Campbell expressing their shock and disgust.
"Racism and ignorance is real. Just sayin’! It’s 2018, people! Can’t wait for Lena Dunham Apology Generator to write the very sincere apology letter, you know the one that says she’s not racist because she knows a black musician! #ToneDeaf #Ignorance #Horrible," said Bryanboy alongside a post of the note.
Indeed, Sergeenko's original attempt at an apology was... not good. In an Instagram post that his since been deleted, the designer basically blamed Duma for posting her "private note," and defended her use of the word by saying, "Kanye West is one of my favorite musicians, and NP is one of my most favorite songs. And yes, we call each other the N word sometimes when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it."
Following the backlash, Duma has also posted an apology to her Instagram, but has nevertheless been removed from the board of The Tot, a children's clothing company she co-founded in 2015.
I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the actions of Miroslava Duma at Paris Fashion Week overnight. We have always held a no-tolerance policy when it comes to any form of racism or discrimination. Power and influence is a privilege and it needs to be carried with humility. I take this immense responsibility very seriously and believe actions speak loudly. Effectively immediately, Miroslava Duma has been removed from the board of the company @thetot. I stand by @thetot's decision, and hope this inspires people to consider how their actions and words affect others.
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