White TikToker Under Fire For Calling Clothes Designed by Queer Black Man "Hideous"

Popular white TikToker Katie Boggs, better known by her handle @katieboggs_ on the video-sharing platform, is being slammed for disparaging clothing that was designed by Christopher John Rogers, a rising star in the fashion world, for Target. On June 7, Boggs posted a video of herself and a friend trying on some of Rogers' dresses. She was anything but shy about making her opinion known. "Trying on the hideous Target dresses now that the fitting rooms have opened back up," she captioned the video. Not everyone agreed with her characterization, though.

"I am sry u can't recognize high fashion," one wrote.

"this is embarrassing for you...not the serve you think it is," another wrote.

"say you don't know how to style and wear colors without saying you don't know how to style and wear colors," a third wrote.

@katieboggs_

Absolutely preposterous that these are real #fyp

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In the clip, which incited hot debate in the comments section, Boggs and her friend don several dresses, including pinstriped, color-blocked, polka-dotted, and flowered styles. Common visual themes include bright colors, big sleeves, high necklines, and long hems. From their expressions, it's clear that they're not a fan of the patterns and contours. Doubling down on her criticism of the collection, Boggs also wrote, "Absolutely preposterous that these are real." It's safe to say that they didn't make any purchases that day.

Boggs' mockery irked many of the people who viewed the video. Some argued that by dismissing the collection out of hand, she was cruelly and needlessly minimizing Rogers's considerable achievements thus far in his career—or even being racially insensitive.

"Wow. We don't like POC designers clearly," one observed archly.

"Privileged yt girl vibes," another agreed, using an Internet slang term for "white."

"pretty sure they weren't made for pasty people," a third chimed in.

Named the Council of Fashion Designers of America's American Emerging Designer of the Year in 2020, Rogers exists at the intersection of several marginalized identities. Fellow designer Marcelo Gaia took Boggs and her supporters to task in a rebuttal stitch. "This video just rubbed me the wrong way," he said, calling Boggs and her friend "ignorant."

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#stitch with @katieboggs_ also that’s someone’s work it’s messed up to make a mockery of it tbh

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"Most of those dresses are designed by a gay Black designer named Christopher John Rogers, and it's a pretty big deal for him to have had the opportunity to sell his designs in a massive retailer like that. He's probably, like, the first in history," he continued. "And it's also weird because the comments are mostly from white women, white girls, 'These are so ugly, they're not wearable.' They're not ugly; maybe you don't think that they'll suit you. They do, in fact, suit probably women of color, or women who just love color or women of a particular body shape."

The collection was inspired by Rogers' Southern roots and is meant to appeal to "individuals with a strong sense of self," according to the Target homepage.

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People shop for fall clothing at a Sears store in 2002. A TikToker caused controversy on June 7 when she posted a video that mocked Christopher John Rogers's fashion designs. Tim Boyle/Getty Images