Critics are calling Donna Karan misguided and possibly racist for shooting her new spring ad campaign in Haiti, but using a white model as its star. Supermodel Adriana Lima stars in all three ads, with one particular shot including two Haitian teenagers serving as a backdrop.



There's no doubt that Karan has raised a lot of money for Haiti, both through her own charity and along with the Clinton Foundation. She also frequently uses interviews and public appearances to talk about the country's development needs and earthquake-recovery efforts.

Nonetheless, it is the juxtaposition of luxury clothing and the poorest country in the Western hemisphere that perhaps undercuts the message Karan thinks she's sending. According to the Telegraph, critics are saying Karan would have done better to highlight whatever local involvement there was in the production of the shoot. Whatever the original intent was and it was probably good, somewhere it got very lost in the translation. Guess it just proves you can't please everyone all of the time...