Katy Perry's 'Blackface' Shoes Pulled From Stores Following Outcry

Lula Sharp
February 12, 2019

Singer Katy Perry was slammed on social media for designing shoes which resembled "blackface" imagery.

Perry's shoe line, which was available at stores like Dillard's and Walmart, has faced accusations of showing depictions of blackface.

The black versions are the more startling: They feature metal appliques imitating eyes and nose, plus exaggerated red lips on the vamp, the upper part of the shoes.

Perry's sources say the shoes were part of a line of shoes that she designed and were never meant to be offensive. See the shoes below.

They were also available in blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red and silver, according to a statement by Global, the company Katy Perry is in partnership with. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes".

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Katy Perry's Ora Face block-heel sandal. Prada dropped a number of bag accessories last December after critics accused the brand of including minstrel figurines in their products.

Singer Masika Kalysha broached the topic on social media, calling for Katy to explain herself. The black model could be construed to look like someone wearing blackface.

On Wednesday, Gucci said it "deeply apologizes for the offence caused by" its balaclava sweater in a statement posted on Twitter. "We have immediately removed them from katyperrycollections.com".

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