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Katy Perry shoes removed from stores over blackface design

12 February 2019, 04:08 | Regina Holmes

Screenshot from Dillard’s retail website. Katy Perry's “Rue Face Slip On Loafers”

Katy Perry's “Rue Face Slip On Loafers&rdquo

The label also is sold at retailers such as Macy's, Zappos and Amazon but the shoes in question are not now available on their websites. Both shoes, which sell for $129, come in black, gold or beige.

In 2016, high-end winter sports brand Moncler released a series of designs featuring a black face with prominent red lips.

TMZ reported that two styles, the Ora Face block-heel sandal and the Rue Face slip-on loafer, are being pulled from shelves at Walmart and Dillard's. "We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections", it read.

The pop icon has yet to make an official on behalf of her namesake brand, but a source told TMZ that "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes".




On social media, the sweater was widely criticised for including a red outline around the mouth cutout, ostensibly to resemble lips - a design that many said evoked the racist history of blackface in the United States, which dates back to the 1830s.

Additionally, the news comes on the heels of several other fashion faux pas, including the removal of a Gucci sweater from retailers last week for a similar issue as well as Prada's own brush with blackface for a monkey bag charm that resembled the racist makeup in December.

Blackface is a centuries-old practice rooted in depicting a negative stereotype of black people in Europe and the US.

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