Misappropriation

Internet backlash erupts over magazine’s Afro hairstyle spread

Allure magazine has triggered a major uproar after featuring a story on different ‘70s hairstyles, including an Afro, for which it used a white model to depict the look. Many people took to Twitter and other social media outlets to question why the Afro had been shown on a white model and how it could have been a good opportunity for Allure to mention the history behind the iconic look, in which black women wore their hair loose to make social and political statements in the 1970s. Many commenters accused Allure of cultural appropriation and pointed out that the entire spread did not include a single woman of color. The magazine attempted to respond to the backlash with a statement saying in part, “In this story, we show women using different hairstyles as … individual expressions of style.”

Read the full story at Refinery29.

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