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Folks Call 'White Savior Bulls**t' Over Photoshoot Featuring A White Woman In A Cameroonian Village

White saviorism, but make it fashion.

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A photographer is facing anger over a photoshoot featuring a couture-clad white woman interacting with residents of a village in Cameroon.

The pictures were taken by Amamu Moja, who is based in Luxembourg. While little information is available about the artist, it is worth noting there’s only one Black person featured in the group picture posted on the photographer’s About page.

The Cameroon photos were posted in September 2018 but drew attention this week after they were reposted by photojournalist Chirag Wakaskar, according to Insider.



Wakaskar is not a fan of the shoot, calling it "white savior bulls**t."




Other Twitter users were not pleased, either:







A paragraph under a behind-the-scenes video of the photoshoot explains the team’s motivation.

"Photographing a model in a grand prix dress in the midst of Baka pygmies dressed in rags is a provocation," it reads. "The price of the dress would be enough to bring, in this end of the world, what to live worthily."




The passage also laments the Baka peoples’ unwillingness to be Westernized.

“For the Baka still live as at the dawn of humanity; hunter-gatherers, semi-nomadic, who lack all that civilization could bring them,” it continued. “Schools to learn, health clinics, trucks full of essentials for life. What to open to the world.”

Moja has not addressed the controversy.

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