It was with her first column for U.S. Vogue, who named her style editor at large in 2012, that we first took notice of Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. Blonde, pretty and a literal German princess with a taste for luxury, von Thurn und Taxis (often called TNT) was a natural fit for the aspirational fashion mag, but the things she writes, both in Vogue and on social media, often straddle the line between entertaining/aspirational and disturbingly out of touch. On Saturday she crossed that line.
In Paris for fashion week, she decided to post the above Instagram of what appears to be a homeless person reading Vogue, the magazine she works for -- something she clearly finds humor in.
We shouldn't have to explain why her decision to put this on Instagram, as wealthy princess, was of questionable taste. After followers complained, TNT defended the post, writing in the comments: "Why cruel? The person to me is as dignified as anyone else!"
Update: Von Thurn und Taxis gave the following response via Instagram on Sunday after taking down the aforementioned post:
Update #2: The Daily Mail tracked down and interviewed the homeless woman pictured, 65-year-old Maryse Dumas, who says, "It's not nice taking pictures of people living on the street, that not polite [sic]." Dumas didn't know her picture was being taken and has not received an apology.
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