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Omar Sy & Jessica Chastain Make For A Charming Couple In Vogue Photoshoot

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by Courtney
December 16, 2012 7:45 PM
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Ok so it's not necessarily cinema, but it's Sunday night, and it does feature the man who has quickly become France's most prominent actor of African descent (thanks to his role in this year's international monster hit Intouchables) - a man who moved to Hollywood this year, and recently signed with CAA, intent on making his mark in the USA as well.

While that hasn't quite yet become a reality, Omar Sy continues to be something of a splash in Europe, posing for a Vogue Germany photoshoot with one of Hollywood's most-talked about young actresses in Jessica Chastain (she's in the Oscar mix for her work in the also much-talked about Zero Dark Dirty).

I'd be lying if I said that our ongoing debates and discussions on this site about depictions of interracial pairings in media (especially American media - BM/WM versus BW/WM) was of no influence in me posting this, because it was. 

It also made me remember the Vogue (USA edition) cover of a few years ago that featured Lebron James and supermodel Gisele Bundchen (see it below) and all the controversy that it stirred up, with comparisons being made to King Kong and the fair damsel in distress, calling it racially insensitive. 

Although these images of Omar and Jessica aren't exactly telling the same story, nor are they taken in the same context.

But it further got me wondering how often we see images like these (even though they are manufactured) in a major international publication like Vogue magazine (I don't read it regularly, and a Google search didn't tell me much), and whether these images still surprise some people (whether they should even still surprise in 2012/2013), and whether they will fly without any *controversy,* or debates about any racial subtext, here in the USA (they were published in Germany).

When you look at these images, especially in a major publication like Vogue, are you one of those who still pauses long enough to ponder any of it, or do you just gloss over it, because, ultimately, it's really not that big of a deal anymore?

Here are the rest of the photos, which are courtesy of FashnBerry:

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15 Comments

  • T'Challa | December 17, 2012 8:51 PMReply

    Nah.. no big deal. There was nothing racially insensitive like the Lebron pic, where he was growling like a wild beast in a "King Kong pose" for no damn reason.

  • Orville | December 17, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    I don't get the big deal Courtney? So what? Two attractive actors took some photos together for a magazine.

  • Jeni | December 17, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    Viewed from an American lens, nobody cares unless there's something culturally insensitive in the setup. The real fashion is in the street blogs, so this is yet another desperate ploy for attention or manufactured controversy for an aging brand in a European country where this will likely provoke a stronger reaction.

  • ALM | December 17, 2012 11:16 AMReply

    The pictures are fine. There is nothing controversial about the pics.

  • Christopher T. | December 17, 2012 6:26 AMReply

    Has Vogue ever had a spread with a Black couple? What's with all the interracial couples?

  • ALM | December 17, 2012 11:19 AM

    Christopher T.- You are going to be waiting for those pictures. I understand that this spread is from Vogue overseas, but Vogue in the U.S. has proven time and time again to be HIGHLY political. The handful of African Americans who have been on the cover have been either people in places of high power (i.e. Oprah) or had some time of direct connection to the magazine (i.e. Jennifer Hudson's relationship with Andre Leon Talley). There was an uproar a year or two ago when Vogue U.S. had a cover of the "next" "it" actresses and no African Americans were in the group. Vogue U.S. basically told African Americans to bleep off when an uproar was made.

  • jingmei | December 17, 2012 12:01 AMReply

    Beautiful indeed. Need to say Jessica Chastain is really some actor worthy, devoting and intelligent. People should see an interview with her recently.

  • lauren | December 16, 2012 10:47 PMReply

    She looks beautiful and so does he... great shots.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 16, 2012 9:35 PMReply

    I cut for redheads in general (can't explain it), and Jessica Chastain in particular. So, yeah... I'm feeling this -- with a capital F. lol

  • Justin W | December 16, 2012 10:56 PM

    Yessir hahahaha

  • Steven Flores | December 16, 2012 8:18 PMReply

    Those Sy/Chastain pics are fucking hot!

  • KC | December 16, 2012 8:11 PMReply

    It's not a big deal. This dude is married to a white woman.These relationships are exotic and glamorous now. What I would love to see is a high fashion pictorial of an actual black couple, but it looks like that's a thing of the past.

  • Globalfusionist | December 16, 2012 8:06 PMReply

    For me beauty is beauty...these are beautiful pictures period. In the Lebron & Gisele one- they both look ridiculous on that cover...that picture just isn't beautiful...nor fashionable for the so called fashion bible...Vogue! I guess Germans do it better than Americans-Sorry Anna Wintour-LOL!

  • Ladybug | December 16, 2012 8:03 PMReply

    Vogue ever so often depicts images of White women with famous black men. A photo shoot of Puffy and model Karolina Kurkova comes to mind . . . I think they were on train.

  • Nicole | December 16, 2012 8:02 PMReply

    I like the Sy/Chastain pics. Way more tasteful than the Lebron/Gisele cover. And their pics show a level of "comfort" with interracial relationships that America doesn't have. Omar and Jessica's pics look like an actual loving couple whereas Lebron looks like King Kong running off with Fay Wray.

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