The Kardashian family has been in the center cultural appropriation controversies more than a few times. The latest drama around this subject was about Kendall Jenner wearing an afro for a photoshoot a few days ago.
The photos we’re talking about are the photos for Vogue November issue and online to honor the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Two pictures were posted on Vogues official Instagram and people were quick to voice their opinion.
Here are some comments from the public:
“Why did you use a white celebrity for this shoot instead of a person of color who rocks this hair naturally,” commented one of their followers.
“African Americans were forced to straighten their f$$ing hair in America in order to get jobs,” someone wrote in the comments. “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!”
“Now that Black Women are getting praised for their natural locks and seen a beautiful, white women are trying to high jack as usual,” another follower commented.
In addition to this, people were also interested in the reason why both models hairs completely changed up.
It seems like the hairstylist completely switched up their natural hair texture, Kendall naturally has straight hair and was given an afro. Imaan Hammam, a Dutch model of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has naturally curly hair, and she had her hair straightened.
“The creative director can do as they please, but why not just leave Imaan hair out natural instead of straightening it?, so then there’s no need to give Kendall the Afro?” one commenter wrote.
“But why didn’t you just use an ethnic model with that hair naturally,” wrote another.
Vogue since has spoken up on their controversies and offended comments, which reads as follows:
“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. We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and did not mean to offend anyone by it.”
Kendall is yet to comment on the subject.