Zola (2020)

One of the most visually striking scenes of the film sees the two protagonists – Zola (Taylour Paige) and Stefani (Riley Keough) – getting ready to dance. The uncomfortable and pervasive way with which Stefani enters Zola’s life is all here – the images of the girls reflected on mirrors overlap, a symbol of how one (Stefani) presents herself as a double of the other (Zola). This will become clearer as the film unfolds: Stefani systematically appropriates black culture (the language, the aesthetics, even the grooming tools) for her own (professional) advantage.

Even the mascara they use is the same – Maybelline Great Lash in its waterproof version.

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