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Adriana Lima for Donna Karan Spring 2012 Campaign by Russell James

Graphic Spring Adriana Lima stars in the spring 2012 campaign from Donna Karan, photographed by Russell James. Inspired by the work of Haitian artist Philippe Dodard, the advertisements were shot on location in Jacmel showcasing the collection’s graphic prints. (WWD)


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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    December 15, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Am I the only one getting racist/imperialistic vibes from the second image? I know the inspiration is Haiti but it’s unsettling imo. 

    • Circe

      December 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

      It’s always the same – minorities in the background lurking around while the white (or ‘acceptably’ white) model is the focus. I’m so sick of it.

    • anon

      December 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

      I honestly think you’re reading too much into it, tbh.

    • Kid

      December 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

      yes i thought the same. While Adriana looks fierce and mybe a bit too fierce the other people in the picture looks sort of scared. I get from the picture a not so sweet relationships between the white girl and the black people.

    • Louise

      December 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Nope, I find it a bit disturbing as well. That “discover the beauty and inspiration” crap sounds pretty hollow at best and with the background in that 2nd pic doesn’t make any sense. They should’ve left it out and just settle on pretty photos.

    • memorexe

      December 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

      You’re not the only one. It was going so well, then this… ick.

  2. Oteea

    December 15, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I like the concept and the entire Safari feel of the collection, the second look is my favorite, but I do have mixed feelings about the picture though ….or maybe that’s the idea, showcasing the contrast …

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  3. Getrrg

    December 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Everything she does looks like it can be in the VS catalog. Just never buy her modeling.

  4. Didier

    December 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I hope the 2 guys got paid for appearing in the international ad

  5. Wonderbrain

    December 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I think a model should be black, right? so why is she white….? 

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    • Crazygirl

      January 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      she is not white you idiot, why do people try to find racism in everything it’s ANNOYING. She us Brazilian .

  6. Sheri Chiu

    December 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

    They should have used a Haitian model… duh.

  7. Anonymous

    December 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Then there’s the idea that perhaps readers are seeing too much in the picture and assuming because the main focus is on a white girl and the background on young Haitian boys that somehow they must be subservient to her. Really? What if the boys had been placed in the foreground, would the same comments of racial imperialism come into play?
    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/12/why-is-this-donna-karan-ad-being-called-racist/

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