"I walked past Prada's Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery," she wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. "When I asked a Prada employee whether they knew they had plastered blackface imagery throughout their store, in a moment of surprising candor I was told that *a black employee had previously complained about blackface at Prada, but he didn't work there anymore.*"
According to the NMAAHC museum, blackface or "minstrelsy" was popularized between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century in the North and Midwest. The performances "characterized blacks as lazy, ignorant, superstitious, hypersexual, and prone to thievery and cowardice" through exaggerated costumes and make-up, including large lips, bright white teeth and dark skin.
Ezie’s post has since been shared more than 6,000 times as Friday afternoon, prompting other folks on social media to express their concern and outrage.