What do Black women and red heads have in common? don't ask Keli Goff
By: Brendan Patrick Keane | Published Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 11:55 AM | Updated Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:32 AM
"Black women have long been treated as the red-headed step-child of the fashion industry." Keli Goff made that gaff on Dylan Ratigan's show yesterday. According to the beautiful essayist, red-heads are the accepted example of ugly duckling--Gingerellas if you will.
Her picking on one body type to make her point about diversity on Vogue covers was ironic. Diversity would mean that all kinds of body types get the cover.
Picking on red-heads seems a wee bit cruel. In Britain, red-heads are deemed "ging-ers," and such epitaphs are part of a long history of ethnic defamation against people with the audacity to live on land coveted by more powerful blondes and brunettes.
No harm was meant, but it might be something a commentator on diversity would consider the next time she's looking to make an example.