[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Above are some photos The Sartorialist – Scott Schuman took on his recent trip to India. I’ve followed his work over the years and always lauded his ability to be a fashion anthropologist and see beyond the clothes. To catch glimpses of the wearer’s personality and show that there is more to dressing than meets the eye.

Dress has been central to the culture of India and I think his photos beautifully illustrate that. But

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I did not have issues with him speaking of untouchability in India. It is unfortunately a dark mark on our history. But he failed to give people context.

Maybe my frustration with the way he handled the situation stems from the fact that people visiting India for the first time romanticize poverty. It only helps perpetuate this misguided image that the rest of the world has of India. (I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked why my english is “proper” or if animals always run wild on the streets).

He also posted a picture about the weather in Mumbai and how he hoped not to catch salmonella (a photo he later deleted after a barrage of comments on Instagram). I’d like to give Scott the benefit of the doubt and hope that it was simply a matter of jest and that he didn’t mean harm with what he said.

For a country that welcomed him with arms wide open and feels such reverence for work, I just wish he had been more respectful of its audience.

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