I've been meaning to post about Ganguro for awhile now.
Ganguro, which literally means "black-face", is a somewhat terrifying Japanese fashion trend among Japanese girls. Take a look at this video for a better idea.
I was reminded of ganguro after watching the following clip from "The Black and White Minstrel Show" which is a British variety show that aired from 1958 until 1978. It is almost like watching Lawrence Welk, except for one thing - all the men are in black face. I can't believe that this was still acceptable in the same year I was born. Jawdropping.
Lastly check out Zwarte Piet, who known as santa's little helper in the Netherlands.
To this day, holiday revellers in the Netherlands blacken their faces, wear afro wigs and bright red lipstick, and walk the streets throwing candy to passers-by. As at Carnival, some of the actors behave dim-wittedly, or like buffoons, and/or speak mangled Dutch as embodiments of Zwarte Piet. Blackfaced, googly-eyed, red-lipped Zwarte Piet dolls, die cuts and displays adorn store windows alongside brightly packaged and displayed, holiday merchandise.
More photos here.