Kendall Jenner is going to be the face of Mango’s fashion campaign, except this one will be special because it’s African savanna-themed, according to WWD.
She will model the collection inspired by the super fashionable African savanna, and there will be a “tribal print dress” and a “leather fringe mini,” according to Mango vice president Daniel López. (It will all be shot by David Sims.)
Perfect. Fashion is doing “Africa” with white people again as is their voraciously hungry wont. We imagine it will be all cool “exotic” trends of indigenous people that designers love to reference, and just like Mango, we can’t think of a better white person to bring Mango’s dream of Africa to life. We love Violeta, and we’re sure all these looks will be real kewl–the mini looks hawt– but all we can think about is this Dazed piece on why it’s time fashion dropped its “tribal” inspirations.
The Spanish company Mango isn’t the only brand getting in on African inspo. Valentino also had an “Africa-themed runway show” with how many black models? Zero, it was zero. Sohpie Theallet, a beautiful designer who makes absolutely stunning clothes for Lane Bryant and did one of our favorite campaigns featuring Candice Huffine looking like a superwoman, has too. Africa was the inspiration for Sophie’s spring 2016 line. (Think raffia and other African-inspired things.)
Anyway, we assume that the people choosing to make Kendall wear “African” things have studied African history so so hard. We also think that setting up photo booths in stores for white families to try on tribal things and take selfies would be another rock solid idea.