The Condescending French Fashionista and African American Style!

Oh, pul-ease, honey!

In what has been interpreted as an outdated and insulting move, a fashion blogger for the magazine’s site posted a piece about Michelle Obama’s sartorial prowess and the rise of a ‘black-geoisie’.

New York Daily News goes so far as to brand the magazine as ‘racist’. . .

To which one can only respond
in one’s best Bette Davis voice, “but ya are! Ya are…”

From the Daily News:

When it comes to commenting on the Obamas and African-Americans, French Elle needs to fermez la bouche!

In an blog post titled “Black Fashion Power,” writer Nathalie Dolivo managed to insult American blacks as a whole while offering left-handed compliments to the First Lady Michelle Obama for taking on the Jackie O role in a “jazzy” way.

The writer imagines that the Obamas are the first to bring true style to African-Americans.

“In this America led for the first time a black president, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of\] streetwear,” she wrote.

Things get even more baffling when she dubs the Obamas the “black-geoisie” who dress “white” but still maintain their ‘blackness” with symbols.

For crying out loud! Race-fixated, much?

I may not think much of the president, but I’m often admiring of what Mrs. Obama wears. Loved the cobalt-blue number she wore for the State of the Union. She doesn’t always hit it out of the ballpark (few women do) and sometimes veers foul, but more often than not she nails it, and I love that she loves jewel tones and strong colors.

But to suggest that the Obamas are “the first African Americans” who manage to be fashionable? Unbelievable. Do French fashion folk have no memories?

Sammy Davis, Jr. was always looking great, always on the cutting edge of fashion!

Dorothy Dandridge knew how to wear anything!

Diahann Carroll — a consistently elegant plate of fashion!

Hello, Miss Holiday, care to reintroduce yourself to Paris? They seem to have forgotten you!

Lena Horne; yeah, baby, smoke that opera collar!

Eartha Kitt; come on! She’s Eartha-freaking-Kitt! When wasn’t she stylish?

Nat King Cole; always “natty”

For that matter, you don’t have to have a great memory to find African American style-masters:

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett; how fresh is that?

LL Cool J: pinstripes and a nervy hat. Love it.

Rep. Allen West; seen him in suits, tuxes and casual — always kills it.

P Diddy: always looks sharp — always bespoke, whether formally dressed or casual!

Nathalie Dolivo needs to get told. I bet you can think of others. Tell her!

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