*Vogue Italy has apologized for a recent article referring to hoop earrings as “slave earrings,” reports FoxNews.com.
In the Aug. 5 post on Vogue.it, the author refers to the current trend of oversize circular earrings as “slave earrings.”
The magazine, which has earned praise in the past for its all-black issue and a site dedicated to size diversity, has since apologized for the piece, saying the intention was lost in translation.
“We apologize for the inconvenience. It is a matter of really bad translation from Italian into English,” editor Franca Sozzani told the U.K. Telegraph. “The Italian word, which defines those kind of earrings, should instead be translated into “ethnical style earrings.” (The word “slave” was later replaced with “ethnic” above the slideshow.)
However, the original piece also featured an accompanying post that directly mentioned American slavery. “If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of color who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom,” read the original post.
But as of Monday afternoon, the accompanying article had been removed with the following message in its place.
“We’ve decided to remove the article from the site to prove our good faith and to show it wasn’t our intention to insult anyone.”