Katy Perry and her eponymous shoe line, Katy Perry Collections, have responded after taking warmth for 2 designs that appeared to resemble blackface.
The two kinds – the Rue Face Slip On Loafers and Ora Face Block Heel Sandals – have been faraway from the web site following the backlash, and Katy has mentioned that she was “saddened” to listen to the comparisons.
Katy Perry Collections instructed Cosmopolitan UK: “The Rue and The Ora have been a part of a group that was launched final summer time in 9 totally different colourways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, crimson, silver) and envisioned as a nod to trendy artwork and surrealism.
“I used to be saddened when it was dropped at my consideration that it was being in comparison with painful pictures harking back to blackface. Our intention was by no means to inflict any ache. We have instantly eliminated them from the web site.”
The loafers are available two colourways, impartial and black, and the high-heeled model in gold and black. Both designs function blue eyes, a triangular nostril, and vivid crimson lips.
The controversy comes lower than per week after Gucci pulled and apologised for a sweater that includes comparable vivid crimson lips.
Katy Perry herself has been accused of cultural appropriation previously. She wore her hair in cornrows for the music video ‘This Is How We Do’, and dressed like a geisha throughout a 2013 American Music Awards performance.