Vogue Italia has highlighted gold hoop earrings as a fashion staple. But why did they have to call them 'slave' earrings?

This article titled “Are ‘slave' earrings in Vogue?” was written by Rosie Swash, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 22nd August 2011 11.23 UTC

Italian Vogue is at the centre of a small but potent degree of Twitter outrage today, after a recently published article on hoop earrings was shared online. The earrings themselves aren't the issue, it's the description that goes with it which caused one tweeter to exclaim: “What the blinding f.ck?”

The post reads: “Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.”

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