Anne Frank hung pictures of movie stars on the walls of the secret annex where her family hid from the Nazis. But that does not mean it is appropriate for television stars to pose wearing her image on their pants.
That’s just what interior designer Amanza Smith did when she posed recently for New York Fashion Week with fellow stars of the Netflix reality show “Selling Sunset” Mary Fitzgerald and Romain Bonnet. Smith’s pants contain dozens of black-and-white portraits.
Several commenters on Instagram noticed Che Guevara’s likeness. “Che Guevara hated gay men and had concentration camps in Cuba where he shot them,” one wrote. “Educate yourself first, Amanza.” Another shared a vomiting emoji and added “Killer.” “Omg this woman with Che,” another wrote. “This communist what a shame,” with the crying emoji.
“Amanza you have a communist on your pants! Study your history!” wrote another.
Another commenter professed love for Smith, but added, “I really think that you should be aware about the meaning of the pieces you are wearing. For instance, those pants. It has a picture of the Che Guevara. That man did a lot of damage in Cuba and that man did basically the same as [Hugo] Chavez did to Venezuela.”
What went unnoticed was Anne Frank’s unmistakable likeness on Smith’s pants a few heads below Guevara. Fitzgerald shared multiple photos of the trio with her 2.1 million Instagram followers. Sammie the Stylist shared another image with 27,700 Instagram followers. And Smith shared a video with the pants—which drew extensive praise from commenters—with her 1.1 million Instagram followers. Photographer Babak Rachpoot shared images of the pants with another 14,300 followers.
“Wearing Anne Frank’s image for fashion doesn’t seem right to me,” one person commented, using a pensive emoji. “Amanza’s outfit is incredibly tone deaf.”
Representatives for Netflix and Smith did not immediately respond to JNS.