The Tot Playhouse on West Lovers Lane Elizabeth Lavin


Cofounder of Dallas-Based The Tot Fired After Racist Instagram Post

The street-style star was swiftly removed from the board of the Dallas-based children's boutique.

Every now and then in this modern-day world, you come across a piece of content and try to fathom how nobody caught the problem before publishing to the masses. There’s the whole Pepsi debacle, and this particularly creepy Bloomindale’s holiday campaign. Swedish retailer H&M recently ran into some pretty serious trouble over their decision to have a young Black boy model a “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” sweater.

Street-style star and cofounder of Dallas-based The Tot Miroslava Duma may have a slightly lower reach than the above brands, but her 1.6 million Instagram followers (nothing to sneeze at) did witness a similarly poor decision while viewing her Instagram Story on Monday night.

Duma, who is currently attending Couture Week in Paris, shared a photo of flowers with a note from Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko that read “To my [N—] in Paris,” a nod to a 2011 Kanye West and Jay-Z. Apologies were quickly issued. (Sergeenko’s original, rather convoluted post has since been deleted, but you can read it in full here.)

The Instagram Story has since been removed.

But the clueless damage was already done. Duma may not have written the racial slur herself, but her decision to share it on Instagram was egregious enough for her Tot cofounder, Dallas’ Nasiba Adilova, to swiftly remove her good friend from the board.

The Tot, which offers chic, eco-friendly finds for little ones, has two locations in Dallas: its flagship store in Highland Park Village and The Tot Playhouse on West Lovers Lane.


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