Katy Perry-Designed Shoes Pulled from Market over 'Blackface' Concerns

Joann Johnston
February 12, 2019

Katy Perry Collections is the latest brand to come under fire in recent weeks for selling products that evoke racist imagery.

Perry's whimsical "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and the high-heeled version, "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal", will reportedly disappear from shelves, with retailers apparently trying to head off any controversy surrounding the shoes. Both items feature eyes, a nose, and a mouth set against an all-black background, and each retailed for $129.

The singer was called out on the black styles over their similarity to blackface, a racist practice in which white people darkened their skin to represent caricatures of black people.

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Sources close to Perry said the shoes are part of a larger design line and were never meant to be offensive. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes".

Celebrated fashion designer Dapper Dan took to Twitter yesterday to express his concerns regarding certain designs from Gucci. HuffPost reached out to Perry, her brand and Dillard's for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

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