Kendall Jenner and Vogue under fire as model poses with Afro
Kendall Jenner and Vogue have come under serious fire online, after the magazine published images of the 22-year-old modeling an Afro.
Vogue released the photos as part of a series marking the 15th anniversary of the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, which was established in 2003 to support emerging designers with cash prizes.
But while Kendall posed in a variety of styles for the series, which was shot by Swedish photographer Mikael Jansson, two photos in particular have sparked the ire of social media users; The model is seen posing in a romantic floral meadow dress from Brock Collection, with her normally poker straight hair arranged in an afro hairstyle.
Backlash: Kendall Jenner and Vogue came under fire after the magazine posted two photos of the model wearing a hairstyle that strongly resembles an Afro
Question: Some people have wondered why Vogue didn’t hire a model with a natural afro instead of Kendall, who has naturally straight hair
The other snap features Kendall with a similar hairstyle, this time wearing a purple Altuzarra dress with black fishnet tights and ankle boots. Next to her, model Imaan Hammam, 22, donned a white Rodarte dress, green fishnet tights and pink sandals.
Vogue recently shared the image of Kendall in the prairie dress on Instagram, prompting many social media users to question the post’s decision to have the hairstyle worn by Kendall instead of hiring a model with an afro. natural.
“There are other @voguemagazine models that you could really get a real afro tsk tsk model,” one person wrote in a dispirited comment, while another Instagram user called the image “inappropriate.”
“Does her hair really look like this every day?” Is she African American? Why couldn’t you have a girl with a real fro on the blanket if you wanted a fro so much! ‘ someone else wrote. ‘This is not cool at all! This has to stop! ‘
Another person added: “As a black teenage girl growing up in America it was absolutely hurtful to watch, people keep saying black women wear straight weaves. Yes, we wear them because America has poisoned black culture with the idea that we need relaxers and to be accepted our hair has to be straight.
Why couldn’t you have a girl with a real fro on the blanket?
“I grew up not seeing a single Disney kid with natural hair until KC went into hiding @zendaya. It is not something that can be ignored because the message is hurtful.
“Kendall seems like a girl smart and smart enough to know people were going to have something to say about this look and maybe they should have chosen a different hairstyle. This situation does not concern her, it is the message that emerges from this image. ‘
A few days earlier, Vogue had also posted the image of Kendall and Imaan, which has led some to wonder why the magazine had not left Imaan’s hair – which is naturally curly – in its original texture at the instead of flattening them, in which case Kendall could also have sported her natural straight hair.
“The Creative Director can do whatever he wants, but why not leave Imaan’s hair natural instead of straightening it? So there’s no need to give Kendall the Afro? someone wrote on Instagram.
Some social media users, however, defended the photos and insisted that Kendall was not wearing a real Afro, but rather a curly hairstyle meant to refer to past trends in fashion history.
Speaking Out: Many Instagram users questioned the shoot after Vogue shared both photos of Kendall on the platform
Wonder: Kendall posed next to model Imaan Hammam, 22, who has naturally curly hair, making some people wonder why Imaan’s hair was slicked back in an instant
‘Oh please. It’s not Afro, it’s hair teased to look like the period they were styling for, ”one person wrote in part.
“As someone with a serious afro, I’m definitely not offended by this look / portrayal,” someone else commented. “This is far from being an Afro. Models are often transformed into photoshoots, that’s the raison d’être of creative directors … but I can’t help but think of Zoë Kravitz when I see that. ‘
Another wrote: “Kendall Jenner looks amazing and this is CLEARLY not an afro, this is a classic style. More like an old lady hairstyle than anything … But people are going to cry and complain and accuse him of cultural appropriation because of who his family is … ‘
One person found the hairstyle to resemble that of a “pissed off Marie Antoinette”, adding: “Coupled with the dress, this is obviously what they were looking for and personally I think they have it. capture.”
Vogue also said that Kendall’s hairstyle was meant to echo two different time periods in history while apologizing to those who were offended by the images.
The magazine told Fashionista in a statement: “The image is meant to be an update to the romantic Edwardian / Gibson Girl hair that suits the vintage feel of the Brock collection, as well as the chunky 60s hair and from the early ’70s, swelling, teased look of those eras.
It’s not something that can be ignored because the message is hurtful
“We apologize if this turned out differently than expected and did not intend to offend anyone.”
This is not the first time that a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family has been accused of cultural insensitivity.
In April last year, Kendall herself elicited backlash for appearing in a Pepsi commercial that saw her reunite police and protesters at a protest by handing a can of soda to one of the officers. .
The clip closely echoed Black Lives Matter’s actual protests and was denounced by many, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, 55. Pepsi ultimately withdrew the ad and admitted it had “missed the mark.”
Kim Kardashian, 38, has been repeatedly accused of cultural appropriation. In 2013, she suffered a backlash after wearing Fulani braids and calling them ‘Bo Derek braids’.
Kim, however, didn’t seem to mind the outrage and sported the hairstyle again in January this year, posting a photo of herself with the braids on Instagram and captioning it “BO WEST”.
In June last year, Kim was also accused of wearing blackface by angry Twitter users who claimed her skin was made “darker” in a photo promoting her makeup line.