Christian Louboutin has candidly discussed his own experiences with racism in an emotional social media post.
The French luxury footwear designer, who discovered in 2014 that he was the result of an affair his mother had with an Egyptian man, has often spoken about how he felt different from the rest of his siblings growing up.
But in new Instagram post responding to the protests taking place across the U.S. following the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd on 25 May, Louboutin revealed he was also the target of racist comments as a youngster.
“From an early age, I discovered the differences of skin colour… As a kid, I could see and feel that I was darker than most of my school mates but it didn’t matter to me at the time,” he wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of himself as a schoolboy. “Much later I discovered this sadly powerful hate which is called Racism. I was now an adolescent and it blew my head and froze my blood when I was shouted at and called, ‘You little black f**got.’ I could only shout back, ‘So what, f**k you,’ before I was forced to run, fast, if I didn’t want to be caught and probably assaulted. This was the first time I had to feel a portion of what so many people are living through in their lives and so many have died from.”
Louboutin went on to explain that he would be supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racist organisations, and noted that he has strived to deliver inclusive lines, such as his expansive The Nudes Collection, for many years.
“I chose with my work to express that skin and their various tones should not create differences, we all have a unique skin tone and this is what makes life beautiful but as long as skin colour remains an issue, we shall have to fight the lowest form of misery which should no longer exist, under any form or excuse: Racism,” the 57-year-old added.
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