Roman Abramovich's girlfriend sparks racism row with 'black woman chair' picture | inside World Soccer

A picture of Dasha Zhukova, the partner of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, sitting on a chair made to look like a half-naked black woman has sparked a racism row.

This is the picture of Dasha Zhukova which caused outrage
This is the picture of Dasha Zhukova which caused outrage

Photo: Buro 24/7

Fashion website Buro 24/7 used the offensive image to accompany an interview with Zhukova about her new fashion magazine Garage.

Buro 24/7 published the photograph on its website and Instagram page, but quickly removed it following a slew of complaints from the masses.

Many who viewed the photograph felt it was a definite racist representation of White superiority.

The Black woman depicted as an inanimate object used to service the White dominant female is unarguably demeaning, disgraceful and reminiscent of the degradation Black women have endured over decades.

It did not help matters that the picture was published as Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Day in honour of the civil rights hero.

Zhukova, who has two children with Abramovich, has since issued an apology in a statement.

She said: "This photograph, which has been published completely out of context, is of an art work intended specifically as a commentary on gender and racial politics.

"I utterly abhor racism, and would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by this image."

The chair echoes a 1969 artwork by British artist Allen Jones and belonging to the Tate gallery in which the mannequin is a white woman.


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