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A series of photographs of Claudia Schiffer shot by Karl Lagerfeld for the 60th anniversary of Stern Fotografie has come under fire for its portrayal of Schiffer in blackface and made up as an Asian woman. "It shows poor taste and it's offensive," said Shevelle Rhule, the editor of Pride. "There are not enough women of colour featured in mainstream magazines. This just suggests you can counteract the problem by using white models. I don't believe they deliberately set out to offend, they obviously see it as being arty and feel that they are pushing boundaries. But clearly no thought has been given to the history behind what they have done and the comparisons it draws with minstrel shows." [Telegraph]