Prada SoHo store removes 'blackface' display

December 14, 2018 - 5:07 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Prada on Friday removed from the windows of its SoHo store a display featuring product that critics charge are in the spirit of blackface.

"Prada Group abhors racist imagery, the company said in a statement. "The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation."

Chinyere Ezie, a lawyer and community leader, brought the issue to light with a lengthy Facebook post.

"I walked past Prada’s Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery," she wrote.