Katy Perry and her eponymous shoe line, Katy Perry Collections, have responded after taking heat for two designs that appeared to resemble blackface.
The two styles – the Rue Face Slip On Loafers and Ora Face Block Heel Sandals – have been removed from the website following the backlash, and Katy has said that she was "saddened" to hear the comparisons.
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Katy Perry Collections told Cosmopolitan UK: "The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in nine different colourways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism.
"I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from the website."
The loafers come in two colourways, neutral and black, and the high-heeled version in gold and black. Both designs feature blue eyes, a triangular nose, and bright red lips.
The controversy comes less than a week after Gucci pulled and apologised for a sweater featuring similar bright red lips.
How does this keep happening with supposedly 'luxury' brands? No-one at Gucci clocked the similarity between the racist imagery of their $890 blackface jumper and Prada's keychain - the latter of which was pulled from stores less than two months ago? Or do they just not care? pic.twitter.com/pNxTbuJeXV
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Katy Perry herself has been accused of cultural appropriation in the past. She wore her hair in cornrows for the music video 'This Is How We Do', and dressed like a geisha during a 2013 American Music Awards performance.
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