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‘They do, in fact, suit women of color’: White TikToker slammed for calling queer Black designer’s Target collection ‘hideous’

'Say you don't know how to style and wear colours without saying you don't know how to style and wear colours.'

 

Kahron Spearman

Internet Culture

Published Jun 8, 2021   Updated Jun 9, 2021, 12:38 pm CDT

A white TikToker is being criticized over a viral video slamming a queer Black designer’s clothes for Target as “hideous.”

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Katie Boggs, known as @_katieboggs, posted a controversial video in which she and a friend are in Target trying on clothes. The caption reads, “Absolutely preposterous that these are real.” In the overlay text, Boggs writes, “Trying on the hideous Target dresses since the fitting rooms opened back up.”

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Additionally, the music for the video is a rendition of The Backyardigans song “Castaways” by Anania, a popular queer Black TikToker. The parody audio is evidently meant to match what they seem to perceive is ridiculous fashion.

@katieboggs_

Absolutely preposterous that these are real #fyp

♬ castaways but make it church – ANANIA

The comments in the video appear split between “what in the circus tent” and “best collection I’ve seen at Target.”

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One woman remarked, essentially calling Boggs “basic”: “Say you don’t know how to style and wear colours without saying you don’t know how to style and wear colours.”

TikToker @queencitytrends wrote that she loved Roger’s Target fashion collection and posted a TikTok video.

Others on TikTok have been posting videos of the collection in its fully-styled glory.

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Designer Marcelo Gaia, through his clothing brand’s TikTok account @mirrorpalais, took issue with the white women suggesting the Target fashion looks were “ugly.”

He explains that most of the pieces are part of a Target designer collection by Christopher John Rogers, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2020 American Emerging Designer of the Year. He notes that it’s significant for Rogers, a gay Black man, to have a collection in a large retailer like Target that brings editorial looks to ground level. 

@mirrorpalais

#stitch with @katieboggs_ also that’s someone’s work it’s messed up to make a mockery of it tbh

♬ original sound – user1998687683043
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“They’re not ugly; maybe you don’t think that they’ll suit you,” he explains of the Target fashion pieces by Rogers. “They do, in fact, suit probably women of color, or women who just love color, or women of a particular body shape.”

Boggs did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.


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*First Published: Jun 8, 2021, 12:10 pm CDT