AnOther: "The image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialise or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture"

'AnOther Magazine' Responds to Concern Over Michelle Williams in Indian Costume

March 14, 2013

ICTMN reader Donny Turcotte contacted AnOther Magazine regarding a controversial photograph of the actress Michelle Williams. To read about the issue, see our previous story, "Michelle Williams Sports Controversial Indian Look on Cover of 'AnOther Magazine.'"

AnOther Magazine responded to Turcotte with an official statement, which he has forwarded to ICTMN. It reads as follows:

While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialise or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture, as recent reports suggest.

The image (which is not, in fact, the cover of the magazine) is one of a suite of images taken from inside the magazine, presenting Ms. Williams in a series of eight different imaginary characters.

All the characters in the story were inspired by multiple fashion and cultural references, characters and eras, as well as by our admiration of Ms. Williams as one of the most respected and talented actresses of her generation.

While we dispute the suggestion that the image has a racist subtext in the strongest possible terms, we're mortified to think that anyone would interpret it in this way. The cover image and a full description of the story and accompanying article can be found here: "Behind the Pages - AnOther Magazine S/S13 featuring Michelle Williams"




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David Yeagley
Submitted by David Yeagley on

If there is a protest against non-Indians dressing up as Indians, then why do Indians daily dress like white people, wearing western European and American style clothing? If we don't want them playing Indian, then why do we play white? These kinds of protests make Indians look foolish, childish, and frankly, dumb. This is the way liberals use Indians--to protest anything and everything. It makes us look pitiful. I protest the liberal use of Indians to advocate liberal, racist agenda.

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Submitted by k on

You sir, are an idiot. The traditional dressings of my culture has deep meaning and ceremonial reasonings behind it. Its like dressing up as a hasidic Jew for fashion. In no way are there any reasoning or meaning behind western/modern clothinglike everything else in the world of the white man.