Background: This is one of the images from a challenge shoot on Britain's version of "America's Next Top Model." Apparently, the women went to South Africa and had a photo shoot with Zulu dancers. The rest of the photos can be seen here.
Looking at these photos (the type of which I have literally seen in fashion a hundred times before) makes me sick. Really, I am really disgusted by the persistence of this type of exploitative imagery in fashion. It really boggles my mind that for some people, the first thing that pops into their mind when seeing any African person in traditional dress is "Wow, that thing would make a great prop for my photo." There is no such thing as subtle contrast in that photographer's eye, there is only, "wouldn't it look cool to have a white woman in expensive clothes standing in front of black Africans? I mean, they're so savage and dangerous but she is so in control!" Honestly, I think it borders on pornographic.