Fashion bible Vogue has found itself in hot water after it misidentified two stars from the movie Crazy Rich Asians.
On Sunday, the magazine covered the SAG Awards and included photos of actresses Gemma Chan and Tan Kheng Hua. Unfortunately they were captioned with the names Michelle Yeoh, their Crazy Rich Asians co-star, and Liv Lo, the wife of another Crazy Rich Asians star, Henry Golding.
Fashion watchdog Diet Prada called out Vogue’s blunder on its Instagram page, and it has unsurprisingly drawn a strong reaction on social media.
“What’s going on with you not being able to correctly identify women of colour?” one user tweeted.
“Vogue Magazine can’t even be bothered to accurately report the names of non-white stars. Disrespectful and sad,” another person lamented.
While Vogue has since updated the captions on its website, this isn’t the first time it has misidentified people of colour.
In January, Muslim-American activist Noor Tagouri said she was “devastated” after Vogue got her name wrong in the mag’s print story.
“I have been misrepresented and misidentified MULTIPLE times in media publications — to the point of putting my life in danger,” she wrote on her Instagram page.
“I never, EVER expected this from a publication I respect SO much and have read since I was a child.”
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I’m SO heartbroken and devastated. Like my heart actually hurts. I’ve been waiting to make this announcement for MONTHS. One of my DREAMS of being featured in American @VogueMagazine came true!! We finally found the issue in JFK airport. I hadn’t seen the photo or the text. Adam wanted to film my reaction to seeing this for the first time. But, as you can see in the video, I was misidentified as a Pakistani actress named Noor Bukhari. My name is Noor Tagouri, I’m a journalist, activist, and speaker. I have been misrepresented and misidentified MULTIPLE times in media publications – to the point of putting my life in danger. I never, EVER expected this from a publication I respect SO much and have read since I was a child. Misrepresentation and misidentification is a constant problem if you are Muslim in America. And as much as I work to fight this, there are moments like this where I feel defeated.
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Vogue has since apologised to Tagouri, who was mistakenly identified as Pakistani actress Noor Bukhari.
“We also understand that there is a larger issue of misidentification in media — especially among non-white subjects,” Vogue said in a statement.
“We will try to be more thoughtful and careful in our work going forward, and we apologise for any embarrassment this has caused Tagouri and Bukhari.”