A popular Russian socialite has created controversy by getting clicked with what is being called the 'racist chair', according to reports.
Dasha Zhukova, an art gallery owner, recently had a photo session for a Russian photo website. In one of the photos, she has on a plain white blouse, seated on a contorted lifelike mannequin of a black woman.
The photo has gained widespread criticism from internet users across the world. Adding to the outrage was the fact that the photo was published on Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday in the USA.
Zhukova soon issued an official statement defending the chair's design and said that the picture had been published 'out of context', according to reports. She added that the artwork in the picture was actually intended as a commentary on gender and racial politics.
The mannequin in the picture is naked except for high-heel boots, leather gloves and hotpants. In the photograph she is lying on her back in a contorted position while Zukhova sits on the chair.
The artwork has been reportedly inspired by the 1969 artwork of Briitish pop artist Allen.