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Whitewashing by Gabriel Delgado

Whitewashing
by Gabriel Delgado

Available at Burgess Modern + Contemporary

Works on Paper

Mixed Media

2021

Image Size: 22 x 30 inches

Sheet Size: 22 x 30 inches

Signed

Condition: Pristine

$5,000.00

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Whitewashing introduces an element of pop culture into an otherwise political landscape. Delgado details the controversial narrative of L’Oréal and Elle Australia Magazine’s decision to whitewash Beyoncé Knowles’s by digitally lightening her skin for the cover, editorial content, and ads within the publication. The arithmetical calculation illustrates the Editor’s claim that the magazine’s cover does not feature Asians, plus-sized models, pregnant people, models with freckles, red heads, and dark-skinned minorities for fear of reduced sales. Delgado brings to light institutional whitewashing as a form of racism and betrayal of trust against women who see Beyoncé as a positive role model.

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