Kendall Jenner accused of cultural appropriation, wears an Afro in Vogue magazine

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‘Vogue’ Apologizes After Being Accused Of Cultural Appropriation For Kendall Jenner Shoot

The Kardashian-Jenner girls are no strangers to racism accusations, with them doing things like wearing cornrows and dreadlocks on the regular. Kendall Jenner is, for the most part, pretty good at, ya know, not appropriating other cultures, but she faced criticism recently after rocking an afro for a Vogue magazine photo shoot.

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The 22-year-old posed alongside model Imaan Hammam in a shoot that honored the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which “was created to make the American fashion community more caring, more creative, more conscionable.” Kenny’s hair was significantly teased to give it the appearance of an afro, while Imaan’s locks remained straight.

One person commented, “This doesn’t sit well with me…what’s the point of switching hair textures?”

Another brought up a good point by saying, “Why did you use a white celebrity for this shoot instead of a person of color who rocks this hair naturally?”

Vogue eventually responded to the criticism and explained that the hairstyle was supposed to pay homage to the ‘dos of the ’60s and ’70s and apologized if anyone was offended.

“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, the teased-out look of those eras,” the magazine’s statement reads. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”

Jenner has faced backlash before for similar reasons. In April 2017, she appeared in a Pepsi ad in which she leaves a photo shoot to join a protest passing by on the street. Near the end of the commercial, she hands a can of Pepsi to one of the police officers standing in a row. Afterward, the cop takes a sip and smiles, and the rest of the crowd erupts in cheers.

The moment in the commercial reminded many people of a famous photo of protester Iesha Evans standing calmly as two Louisiana state troopers approach her in riot gear.
Pepsi pulled the add one day later. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace, and understanding,” the company said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”
Jenner later addressed the controversy during her April 2018 cover photo shoot for Vogue. “Obviously, my intention was not to hurt anyone,” she said at the time. “Honestly, I just hid out. It hurt me that I hurt other people.”The model added, “I am a huge people pleaser, and that is what my job has always been: You come to set and you do what you’re told.”