Elle France Beauty Editor Apologizes for Blackface Costume

Jeanne Deroo donned blackface and an Afro wig to portray Solange Knowles at a costume party.

Posted: 12/03/2013 12:29 PM EST
Jeanne Deroo

(Photo: Jeanne Deroo via Instagram)

It's crazy to think that there are people out there who still don't understand the significance of blackface and why it's so offensive. The latest controversial misfire comes courtesy of Elle France's beauty editor, Jeanne Deroo, who wore blackface and an Afro wig to portray Solange Knowles for a private costume party in November.

Deroo posted a photo of herself in costume on Instagram, but later took the image down when the backlash began pouring in. This week, Deroo finally posted an apology via Twitter saying she now knows how serious her offense was and only wanted to "embody" her icon Solange.

"I realize how much the fact of painting oneself brown is an offensive act. I didn't realize the seriousness of my action when I went to a private party last Saturday evening, which the theme was 'Icons' and I chose to embody Solange Knowles, of whom I am a fan," she wrote. "During this private party, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram without intention of hurting anyone. I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies. I would also like to indicate that this picture published in a private context does not involve in any way the French ELLE magazine I work for, and I am sorry for the prejudice it has caused."

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