Adriana Lima for Donna Karan Spring 2012 Campaign by Russell James

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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)

donna karan1 Adriana Lima for Donna Karan Spring 2012 Campaign by Russell James
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  • Anonymous

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

    • http://twitter.com/technobanshee Circe

      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

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

    • Kid

      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

      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.

    • http://featurezoo.net memorexe

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

  • Oteea

    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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  • Getrrg

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

  • Didier

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

  • Wonderbrain

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

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    • Crazygirl

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500243297 Sheri Chiu

    They should have used a Haitian model… duh.

  • Anonymous

    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/