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Vogue Italia has apologized for posting a fashion editorial on large metallic hoop earrings that they described as “Slave Earrings” after protests from consumers.

They’ve replaced the description with “Ethnic Earrings,” and maintain that it was a mistake due to an improper translation.

TheRoot.com reports:

We apologise for the inconvenience. It is a matter of really bad translation from Italian into English,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, said in a statement. “The Italian word, which defines those kind of earrings, should instead be translated into ‘ethnical style earrings.’ Again, we are sorry about this mistake which we have just amended in the website.”

Read more at TheRoot.com

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