But sometimes a half-naked lady standing in front of a gorgeous natural backdrop just isn`t enough. So the photographers used natives as props.
Using people of color as background or extras is a popular fashion trope, whether it`s Nylon magazine, the Free People catalog, British Vogue or J. Crew. But although it`s prevalent, it`s very distasteful.
A photo shoot in Spain included matadors. Cliché but not that problematic: Matadors are performers themselves, in a way. (Spain, and by extension, the rest of Europe, was also represented by these carriage drivers.)
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Goes to 7 Continents, Finds Exotic People to Use as Props, Dodai Stewart, February 12, 2013
Excuse me, the reason the matadors aren`t problematic is that they`re white. Spaniards are white—as we`ve often pointed out in connection with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Jezebel doesn`t include a picture of the coachmen, but I will. (It`s impressive. but like the other photographs, included to illustrate a sociological point.)
The coachmen driving the carriage that Irina Shayk is posing in are white. They`re not natives in the sense that tribesmen in Kalahari Desert are. They`re “natives” of Spain in the sense that they were born there, and their jobs haven`t been taken by immigrants.