Kendall Jenner Accused of Cultural Appropriation After Wearing Afro
The Kardashian-Jenner girls are no strangers to racism accusations, with them doing things like wearing cornrows and dreadlocks on the regular. Kendall Jenner is, for the most part, pretty good at, ya know, not appropriating other cultures, but she faced criticism recently after rocking and afro for a Vogue magazine photoshoot.
The 22-year-old posed alongside model Imaan Hammam in a shoot that honored the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which “was created to make the American fashion community more caring, more creative, more conscionable.” Kenny’s hair was significantly teased to give it the appearance of an afro, while Imaan’s locks remained straight.
One person commented, “This doesn’t sit well with me…whats the point of switching hair textures?”
Another brought up a good point by saying, “Why did you use a white celebrity for this shoot instead of a person of color who rocks this hair naturally?”
Not everyone agrees with the criticism, however. Many people believe Kendall’s ‘do is NOT an afro, but rather just hair that has been heavily teased. Some even compare it to what a person with curly hair looks like when they wake up in the morning.
“People are mad about this? I’m ‘white’ and my hair looks like this when I wake up in the morning,” someone said.
A second fan added, “This is not even what a decent afro looks like. This is straight up white women curly uncombed hair.”
Vogue eventually responded to the criticism and explained that the hairstyle was supposed to pay homage to the ‘dos of the ’60s and ’70s and apologized if anyone was offended.
“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 magazine’s statement reads. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”