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King Kong cover
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27-04-2008
King Kong cover

Shape issue fromVogue magazine.

Also known as the King Kong Cover.
This cover of model Gisele Bundchen and basketball star Lebron James was considered to be a racist portrayal of “King Kong”. Images that portray black males as threatening “reinforce the criminalization of black men,” said Damion Thomas, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at University of Maryland. The cover was supposed to showcase two stars with excellent bodies, in keeping with the “Shape” theme of the issue.

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