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Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich’s Girlfriend Sparks Racist Claims for Sitting on a Black Female Mannequin



Roman Abramovich - January 2014 - BellaNaija

Dasha Zhukova, the girlfriend of Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich, has come under fire for a fashion editorial which was unveiled on Martin Luther King’s Day.

MLK Day is a  federal American holiday set aside to celebrate the legend. It was yesterday Monday 20th January 2014.

In the photo for the online magazine – Buro 24/7, Dasha who is also the editor-in-chief of Garage Magazine, is seen sitting on a half naked black woman.

The image was also posted on Instagram, but later deleted and posted again with the image of the black woman cropped out.

Although a white version of the chair is also available, a lot of people on Twitter erupted with allegations that it was racist act and derogatory that it was posted on Martin Luther King’s Day.

Share your thoughts.


  1. no heart to hate

    January 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm


  2. Sunshine

    January 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I am not bothered by this type of cowardly moves. Let her try it on a real black sister. I mean really, we can retaliate by sitting on a mannequin of her father’s head but why stoop low and dignify her actions with recognition. #notnewsworthy#

  3. Miss C

    January 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    the girl that allowed them sit on her is a mumu

    • Thelma

      January 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      its a mannequin not a real person

    • KUCHI

      January 22, 2014 at 1:34 am

      u r actually the mumu here coz that’s a doll incase ”mannequin” is to big a word for you 2 grasp.

    • Miss C

      January 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Lol so why are you abusing me? I didnt realise it was a ”mannequin”. Thank you for letting me know 🙂
      PS: if it was a real person, do you not agree that she should be referred to as a ‘mumu’?

  4. Yinka Ogunbajo

    January 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Try this with a real black woman and get the beating of your life! Stupid girl!!!

  5. M

    January 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    i dont blame her entirely, i also blame the model.
    i mean how can any grown black woman allow herself to be degraded in such a way, all in the name of art and money, and think it is ok, kmt
    sometimes we are our own worst enemy and need to start standing up for ourselves

    • Yinka Ogunbajo

      January 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Model is a Mannequine!

    • Shao

      January 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      It’s a chair and not a real model. Photo was taken by Miroslava who also got hit big time. She has since released an apologia (in the worlds of honourable PA) claiming she and her team are not racist. People are claiming Instagram deleted the picture not Mira but the picture is still up on Buro 247 RU and on their Facebook too.

      I was so disgusted when Claire sulmers from fashion boom daily put it up yesterday. The more i look the more it offends me on a deep level. It’s so wrong in more ways than one.


    • Thelma

      January 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      its a mannequin not a real person

    • NYK

      January 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Una no dey read
      Na only pictures u dey look and na only headline u dey read.
      Shame. read

    • Author Unknown

      January 22, 2014 at 4:53 am

      LOL. That’s how you fail exams. Your mouth (typing) is working faster than your brain.

  6. L.L.

    January 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Side eye

  7. Thelma

    January 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    White or black mannequin that chair is ugly

  8. No

    January 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I like the chair. wonder who designed it. I want one 🙂

  9. Anessa Kowalsteh

    January 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Miroslava Duma took the photo?
    Buro247 must be getting alot of hits.
    Meanwhile, i do not think that Dasha is racist her best-friend is Shala Monroque aka
    Larry Gagosians ex-girlfriend from St. Lucia and Miuccia Prada’s muse.

    • *Real* Nice Anon

      January 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Wait! Really? I’ve always wondered about Shala seeing as she’s a streetstyle darling in a way. I know she’s Miuccia’s muse but didn’t know she dated Larry. She does look a bit older than 32 though. Good to know.

    • Anessa Kowalsteh

      January 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      She dated the art magnate!
      She used to work as a hostess in a restaurant in NYC and that was where she met him.

  10. FJD

    January 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    This one na person ni? Why are we giving attention to irrelevant people?

  11. slice

    January 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I’m not offended.

  12. Josh

    January 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    No – it’ll cost you for one of these


    January 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    It’s unnecessary but I doubt racist.

  14. iyanu

    January 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    i know this is a mannequin, but this is wrong on so many
    levels. Our actions are products of our thoughts. Why should
    anybody think dat up in the first place

    • Purpleicious Babe

      January 22, 2014 at 3:10 am

      Thank you….

  15. Olive

    January 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Whether it is a black or white mannequin, I find it distasteful. A very contentious piece of art that evokes subjugation and inequality – why can’t it be a man? Why must she be naked? The fact that it is black, naked and a woman is just disgusting.

    • Manespeak

      January 22, 2014 at 4:02 am

      I really do believe it’s a media plot for attention. These people work the media with controversy circa Kim Kardashian tape!

    • Bella

      January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

      same sentiments here.. would she do the same on a dog? no because THE animal rights people would cry foul. would she do the same on a white model mannequin, no it wouldn’t have the same effect. This is utter nonsense and total disrespect to us black people. what kind of nonsense is this? which art? since when is art derogatory to one nation or creed. Abeg oyinbo’s have no self containment. MAd as hell!!

  16. Rideedy

    January 21, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    its quite annoying,it would have been better if the chair was a white lady!

  17. SOLO ACT

    January 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

    sigh. i guess this is what white people do to try to get attention. if they dint use the N word they run around buying chairs that are shaped as a black woman. the black woman is hardworking and deserves respect. i blame BLACK MEN for our maltreatment. they dont respect us in general, they dont even think we are as beautiful as the white woman or the woman that is mixed with white, so why should this white woman give a damm.

  18. NNENNE

    January 22, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Much ado about nothing.

  19. JT

    January 22, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I don’t like this pic. Silly gurll! The audacity to post it on MLK gives the notion that this was done intentionally. Pls huff off. *big hiss*

  20. Eve82

    January 22, 2014 at 7:39 am

    So this girl is doing Abrahimovich???

    • RM

      January 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

      LMAO!!! so this is all that bothers you with this post? hian

  21. @ify_eva

    January 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

    That piece of art looks real, mehn!

  22. Chinma Eke

    January 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Na wa o! We should try reading and understanding blog posts before we comment.

  23. Omo1

    January 22, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Some people obviously do not know what a mannequin is..#sighsandwalksaway#

  24. Omo1

    January 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    What kind of stupid chair is it by the way..mscheww! designers beginning to run out of sane ideas! But if I had to choose who looked better between the black mannequin and the stupid white lady..i’ll surely pick the doll! On another though..I think the pic might not have been well contrasted if she had sat on a white one…hehehe..just saying! lol

  25. PP

    January 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

    If it was Miro who took the picture the babe is sooo not racist… we met in selfridges one day and bonded nicely over a couple of things. Nice lady

    • London Royal college of art attendee 1999

      January 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      American Liar

  26. Grown Woman

    January 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Ah people and color issues why must everything be associated with COLOR/RACISM Jeez people need to calm down…. plus its a Mannequin who cares

  27. dami

    January 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    It’s a black mannequin

  28. London Royal college of art attendee 1999

    January 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    This bimbo is a Jewish ex model who only knows about
    fashion NOT art and its meaning. As a student I went to an pop Art
    exhibition and saw the white mannaqin. Its not very life like at
    all. Still, none of us dare sit on it! But with the black mannaqin
    this white idiot sat on it and even took photos smiling! Racist as
    well as dumb! The black woman chair actually looks real. It is not
    until you are told it is a manniqin that you realise in a photo.
    But to sit on it destroys the meaning and makes it crass and
    tasteless like the Jewish bimbo. She is married to the Chelsea
    owner Abramovic.

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