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Surprise, surprise. Racism in fashion still exists. According to WWD, photographer Brenda Nasr pitched a series of photos to Glamour Hungary’s beauty editor via Instagram. The shoot, which featured a single black model, was turned down by the editor who replied that due to the Hungarian market, the magazine is “only allowed to have editorial with Caucasian models.” Though she did kindly offer to have a look at Nasr’s other photos for their July-August issue, presumably if they featured just white people. Ooof.

 

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“In an industry like this, you typically can’t call people out, because you never know for sure. You might have a hunch that they don’t want something [for a specific reason], but you can’t call them out directly — but she just told me,” Nasr told WWD. Glamour Hungary, who are part of Conde Nast International, were informed of the incident and the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Krisztina Maróy reached out with an apology.

According to WWD, Maróy sent Nasr an email, apologizing for “any offense to you, we absolutely did not mean to… [The editor] simply meant that our beauty pages work on mirroring the reader and in a magazine like Glamour and in a country like Hungary they are practical, not inspirational,” she continued, before highlighting several examples of the magazine’s previous ‘diverse’ editorials, of which Nasr says “even the darkest model was pretty light.”

We get it. The Hungarian market is filled with Caucasians. But we have a hunch that non-white markets have their fair share of white models throughout their campaigns and covers.

 

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Ahem.

There is a silver lining in this situation. President of Conde Nast International, Wolfgang Blau, states, “We have come to the decision that the freelancer in question [the original beauty editor that Nasr spoke with] will no longer work for Glamour Hungary or any other Conde Nast title. All of our fashion and beauty editorial teams around the world not only embrace diversity but are actively promoting and celebrating inclusion in all its forms. This quite explicitly includes our Glamour team in Hungary, which has consistently promoted new models and talent of all backgrounds and races.”

If you’re worried about Nasr’s shoot, don’t worry. The editorial has found a home in Cosmopolitan Lithuania and will run next month.

 

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