Katy Perry’s shoe line pulls two pairs over blackface controversy

Perry's eponymous fashion brand is pulling some of its shoes from sale TMZ is reporting

In the wake of the blackface scandal enveloping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and other officials in the state, someone in Perry's camp chose to stop selling the shoes.

Today, Katy Perry becomes the latest high-profile person to come under scrutiny related to the use of black face, but in this case for designing a shoe that resembles the racist gesture.

According to TMZ, anonymous sources "connected to" Perry said the loafers and heeled sandals are being pulled from stores after people online accused the shoes of resembling blackface.

The Katy Perry Collections label no longer features either the Rue Face slip-on loafer or the Ora Face block-heel sandal on its website.

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the insider shared.

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Historically, blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used by black people playing white people.

Two pairs from her eponymous line, Katy Perry Collections, are said to depict blackface features.

Fashion designer Suril Patel thinks that fashion companies and houses are creating products "on goal just to spark the controversy".

"[Footwear] was a part of me that needed to be carefully created and developed, and I had to weigh a lot of my options", Katy told Footwear News when her joint venture with Global Brands Group launched in 2017. Gucci pulled the sweater and issued an apology on Twitter.

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