Are Peggy Noland’s Naked Oprah Dresses Racist?

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The Kansas-based fashion designer is perhaps best known for having worked with Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.

Originally from Missouri, Peggy Noland worked several years in India before opening her first boutique in Kansas City. Her second boutique opened four years ago in Berlin.

Peggy Noland is an American fashion designer based in Kansas City, Missouri, and Los Angeles, CaliforniaPeggy Noland is an American fashion designer based in Kansas City, Missouri, and Los Angeles, California

Peggy Noland’s latest project involves a crazy line of dresses and t-shirts featuring various images of Oprah Winfrey’s head photoshopped onto nude bodies.

Peggy Noland’s four dresses of Oprah’s face Photoshopped onto black female bodiesPeggy Noland’s four dresses of Oprah’s face Photoshopped onto black female bodies

In an interview with The Cut, Peggy states that she chose Oprah because she is a placeholder.

This is a collaboration with designer [and Misbehave creative director] Sally Thurer. She’s the one who made the graphic. For me, it originated as kind of the age old [red] carpet question: Who are you wearing? And this clearly is: You’re wearing Oprah instead of a designer.

Sally mentioned from the onset of this collaboration that one of Oprah’s most effective qualities is that she’s a placeholder, she’s a stand-in for you with her foibles and her failures — especially with her public weight issues.

I’m interested and sensitive to this increased access that we have to celebrities and to all of their ups and downs, for better or worse. I feel like it’s kind of my own personal exploration and exploitation of just that.

Not surprisingly, Peggy’s project has been met with widespread indignation online, and the Oprah dresses seem to have been removed from the designer’s official homepage.

It's not known what Oprah Winfrey thinks of Peggy Noland’s naked Oprah dressesIt’s not known what Oprah Winfrey thinks of Peggy Noland’s naked Oprah dresses

We have not seen any comments from Oprah Winfrey yet, but we’d be surprised if she is a fan.

Oprah Winfrey at Lee Daniels’ The Butler premiere held at the L.A. Live Regal CinemasOprah Winfrey at Lee Daniels’ The Butler premiere held at the L.A. Live Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles on August 12, 2013

Are you offended by Peggy Noland’s Oprah dress? If you want to learn more about the fashion designer, you may enjoy this short video:

Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN / FayesVision

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