‘Big hair’

Accusations of cultural appropriation abound over photo of Kendall Jenner with an ‘afro’

Kendall Jenner attends the screening of "Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Users on social media have accused Vogue magazine and Kendall Jenner of appropriating black culture after the model was featured in a photoshoot with a hairstyle similar to an afro. Two Instagram posts from the magazine featuring Jenner sporting the hairstyle prompted massive blowback on social media, as critics questioned why editors hadn’t hired a model of color for the shoot if they wanted to showcase a traditionally black hairstyle. Adding insult to injury for many was seeing Dutch model Imaan Hammam, a woman of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, featured alongside Jenner in a photo with her own naturally curly hair straightened.

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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

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In a statement to PEOPLE, Vogue issued an apology to anyone offended by photos of Jenner sporting what they described as “an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair” and a riff on “the big hair of the ’60s and the early ’70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look.” The hair, Vogue said, was meant to enhance “the period feel” of the Brock Collection that the shoot was promoting.

Jenner, unfortunately, has repeatedly found herself mired in controversy over cultural appropriation. Last year, she faced heavy criticism after being featured in a tone-deaf Pepsi ad that appeared to suggest that movements such as Black Lives Matter or the Women’s March on Washington would easily be resolved if protesters just shared soda with police. A month later, the social media star again found herself the subject of public ire after she was chosen to appear on the cover of Vogue India’s 10th anniversary issue — a decision questioned by many who wondered why the magazine hadn’t taken the opportunity to feature an Indian woman instead.

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