Vogue Magazine is apologizing after backlash garnered from their recent photoshoot featuring Kendall Jenner sporting a teased hairstyle that many believe is similar to an afro. The pictures are to be featured in the fashion publication’s November issue.
“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,” says Vogue in a statement. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”
“Jenner, 22, models the hairstyle with a floral Brock Collection dress in a November story celebrating the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund,” writes Page Six. The photos were shot by Mikael Jansson, and nearly right away, Vogue’s Instagram comments were flooded with anger.
“They stay tryna turn white women into black women,” one comment read. “They rather pretend we don’t exist then give us credit. Ugh.” However, there were also messages of support from many social media users that stated that the outrage was more of an over-exaggeration.
“This is clearly curly hair, natural in most countries in the world so everyone needs to chill out,” a commenter wrote. “And even if it was Afro, what is the actual problem?”
The socialite and member of the Kardashian family is not a stranger to controversy. Jenner has been accused of cultural appropriation in the past; in 2017, she and her sister Kylie were accused of appropriating Latinx culture for a photo shoot promoting their fashion line.
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Fifteen years and 150 finalists later, the @CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize has created global stars, local heroes, a must-watch New York Fashion Week, and, most important, a true sense of community among designers of all ages and backgrounds—all with differing aesthetic and commercial aspirations—who communicate, collaborate, and essentially care for one another through the fun and not-so-fun times. Laura Vassar Brock—one of the founders of 2016 #CVFF winner Brock Collection—says, “We spoke to a few friends who had gone through it, and they all said the same thing: that the Fashion Fund is a life-changing experience. And indeed it was!” Tap the link in our bio to learn more. Photographed by @mikaeljansson, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, November 2018