Vogue Called Out For Culture Appropriation Over Kendall Jenner Afro Pic
Cultural appropriation at its finest.
Cultural appropriation accusations are nothing new when it comes to the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but now Kendall Jenner has reignited even more anger towards the family after wearing an afro in her latest photoshoot for American Vogue.
The photos being labelled as culturally inappropriate are part of a series that has run in the magazine's November issue, and online, in order to honour the 15th Anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
The publication posted two of the pictures from the series to their Instagram page and their followers are not happy with the styling of Kendall in the shots. Many took to the comments section to voice their concerns.
"Why did you use a white celebrity for this shoot instead of a person of colour who rocks this hair naturally," one Instagram user wrote.
"Now that Black Women are getting praised for their natural locks and seen a beautiful, white women are trying to high jack as usual [sic]," wrote another.
While one follower decided to educate the misinformed comments appearing under the photo with a history lesson, having written: "African Americans were forced to straighten their f$$ing hair in America in order to get jobs. If you wore your hair natural it had to be cut short.”
“Hell, the military only allowed dreads two years ago. So GTFOH with 'Blacks straighten their hair'. If we weren’t forced to, I can only hope we wouldn’t! It’s appropriation! Period!” They went on to add.
Not only were the magazines followers rightfully upset, they also took issue with the fact that the stylists for the shoot decided to switch out the hairstyles for Kendall and Imaan Hammam. Giving Imaan, a model from Moroccan and Egyptian descent, straight hair when she has a naturally curly texture.
A positive is that it looks as though Vogue have taken notice, and according to Fashionista the publication has dropped a statement in response to all of the backlash.
"The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the 60s and the early 70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras,” the statement reads. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and did not mean to offend anyone by it."
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