So at least twice a day I go combing through my top fashion sources to be updated on the must-know fashion news. Tonight, I hit up Fashionista.com, whose coverage is almost always spot-on and pretty darn feminist. The article “Who Did ‘Vanity Fair’ Miss On Its International Best Dressed List?” caught my eye. I had a sneaking suspicion that a great deal of the women on the list would be women of colour, ’cause fashion is racist and overlooks women of colour. As it turns out, I was right, but it seems my fave website made a rather racist faux pas of its own. Here is Fashionista.com’s list–can you tell me what’s wrong?
Notice something only a little freakin’ problematic? Why are “The Chinese Girls” all rolled into one when “The White Girls” get their own mention by name? The “Chinese Girls” that Fashionista.com are referring to includes Fan Bingbing, Angelababy and Pace Wu. You call it a tired reporter, I call bullsh!t and racism.
The thing is, we would never EVER roll Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko, and Elena Perminova into a would-be Best-Dressed list into “The Russian Fashion Pack,” as they are fondly known, or even “The Russian Girls.” They would no doubt be listed individually, by their own names. And that, in a nutshell, is how white privilege works ya’ll, and why intersectional feminism is absolutely critical to feminism today– Natalia Vodianova, Diane Kruger, and Suki Waterhouse all get to keep their names, whereas Fan Bingbing, Angelababy, and Pace Wu all remain relatively nameless, anonymous, implying they are somehow less important and worthy of recognition.
For the record, here are Fan Bingbing, Angelababy and Pace Wu in all their glory, since Fashionista.com couldn’t be bothered to list them individually:
Originally posted at The Closet Feminist. Re-posted with permission.