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African-American model, 25, refuses to wear monkey costume with overgrown ears and lips during the show

An African American runway model refused to wear a costume that depicted her as a monkey with extra large ears and overgrown red lips during a show in New York City.

Amy Lefevre, 25, says she refused to put on “racist” accessories at a runway show on February 7, organized by the Fashion Institute of Technology at Pier59 Studios in Manhattan.

“I was almost ready to break up and told the staff that I felt incredibly uncomfortable wearing these pieces and that they were clearly racist,” Lefevre told New York Post.

“I was told it was fine to feel uncomfortable for just 45 seconds.”

Lefevre, who has been modeling on catwalks for four years, said this was the worst experience in her young career.

“I literally trembled,” she told the Post.

Amy Lefevre

A model at a fashion show in New York on February 7 wears a controversial costume that shows overgrown lips and ears

A model at a fashion show in New York on February 7 wears a controversial costume that shows overgrown lips and ears

Amy Lefevre (left), 25, was furious when she was asked to wear a suit (right) with overgrown lips and ears during a catwalk show in New York on February 7

Lefevre, who slammed the costume as a 'racist', continued to work on the catwalk during that show, but she stormed out of the room when the event was over

Lefevre, who slammed the costume as a 'racist', continued to work on the catwalk during that show, but she stormed out of the room when the event was over

She can be seen above on February 7 in New York City

She can be seen above on February 7 in New York City

Lefevre, who slammed the costume as a ‘racist’, continued to work on the catwalk during that show, but she stormed out of the room when the event was over

“I couldn’t control my emotions. My whole body was shaking.

“I’ve never felt that way in my life.”

Lefevre added: “People with color struggle too much in 2020 for promoters not to have reviewed accessories and erased them before the shows.”

DailyMail.com has approached FIT for comment.

After she had refused to wear the costume, she walked onto the runway without getting up. Immediately after the event was over, she rushed out of the room.

The 7 February show was organized in honor of 10 FIT alumni of the school’s inaugural Master of Fine Arts class in fashion design, according to the school.

“I was almost ready to break up and told the staff that I felt incredibly uncomfortable wearing these pieces and that they were clearly racist,” Lefevre said

Lefevre added: “People with color struggle too much in 2020 for promoters not to have reviewed accessories and erased them before the shows.”

The extra large lips and ears were designed by Junkai Huang, who recently graduated from FIT after his arrival in China to study here.

According to the Post, the concept behind Huang’s design was to emphasize “ugly characteristics of the body.”

It is likely that Huang was unaware of the racial connotations that his work might provoke among some observers.

According to the Post, a student who said she was behind the scenes at the FIT show has backed up the version of Lefevre.

The designs were meant to accentuate 'ugly characteristics of the body', according to observers

The image above shows two models from the same show that wear similar costumes

The image above shows two models from the same show that wear similar costumes

The designs were meant to accentuate “ugly characteristics of the body,” according to observers. The images above show two models from the same show that wear similar costumes

The student said that Richard Thornn, the producer of the show, was made aware of the problem.

“We have brought it up [Thornn] several times, “the witness said.

“We said she couldn’t bear this. This is wrong. He shouted in my face: “You must go back and leave.”

“It was such a serious lack of judgment.”

According to the Post, the director of the show, FIT professor Jonathan Kyle Farmer, was told the day before the event by various classmates from Lefevre that the costume was problematic.

Other models wore the suit on the runway.

The show was part of the 75-year anniversary of FIT.

FIT, located in the Chelsea part of Manhattan, was founded in 1944. The school, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, has a student organization of 7,406.

“This program protects a student’s freedom to create his own personal and unique artistic perspectives as designers, even to be what some consider provocative, so that they find that voice,” FIT President Dr. Dr. Joyce F. Brown at The Post.

“No matter how challenging design and fashion is, my dedication to ensuring that people don’t feel uncomfortable, offended or intimidated is also very important, not only for me personally, but also for the university community.

Richard Thornn, the producer of the show

Richard Thornn, the producer of the show

Jonathan Kyle Farmer

Jonathan Kyle Farmer

Richard Thornn (left), the producer of the show, and FIT professor Jonathan Kyle Farmer (right), who directed the event, were informed of student objections that the costume was racist in advance, but refused to do anything about it , it has been claimed

“We take this obligation very, very seriously and will investigate and take appropriate action with regard to complaints or concerns made in this situation.”

In recent years, the fashion world has been forced to struggle with various controversial controversies surrounding provocative designs that have been criticized as racist.

Last year, Gucci apologized earlier this year after bringing a black sweater with a knitted balaclava black that, when worn above the neck, looked like black.

The black sweater with a pull-out neck had a recess surrounded by cartoon-like red lips.

Gucci apologized and said it was committed to diversity and considered it a “fundamental value to be fully respected, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make.”

The incident led African American celebrities such as 50 Cent and Spike Lee to demand a boycott of the Italian brand.

In December 2018, Prada removed a series of accessories from the closet with a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints that resembled a black face.

The Swedish clothing retailer H&M aroused indignation that same year when it launched a hooded sweater on the website.

The sweater, which was worn by a young black boy, read: “Coolest monkey in the jungle.”

A number of H&M stores were searched in South Africa by angry locals who denounced the advertisement.

H&M drew the advertisement and apologized for “anyone who might have offended it.”

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