Natalie Portman, who is the face of Dior Cherie fragrance and its current ad campaign, has condemned the anti-Semitic tirade Dior designer John Galliano unleashed in a Paris bar.
In a statement released Monday evening in Los Angeles, Portman said: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
Word came yesterday that Galliano has been fired from Dior. This leaves the storied house in search of a new designer. Who will it be?
There is no word yet on whether this will affect Portman’s relationship with Dior. I certainly hope not. She is courageous and unabashed in her conviction. I admire her for that, as well as for her intelligence, grace and beauty. Won’t she be a wonderful mother? Lucky baby!
How sad to see a brilliant designer derail. What was he thinking?
– Paula Rath