This Black Model’s ‘Messy’ Hair Has Sparked Controversial Debate On Social Media
By Izza Sofia, 13 Nov 2017
Madewell—a brand under J. Crew—published an image of a black model with her hair in a particular state of “undone” and people has a lot of feelings about it.
People are very divided on whether her hair is just part of the brand’s carefree aesthetic, or if it was just poorly styled for the photoshoot. A Twitter post went viral in which user @UnordinaryDae called out the retailer for posting the photo of the model. “J. Crew….girl…y’all wrong,” she said.
Soon enough, the post had been retweeted 8,104 times and liked more than 13,800 times. A number of people used this as an opportunity to illustrate why it is so important that black people are hired as behind-the-camera talent as well, because a black photographer, stylist, or editor may have made a different call.
Dae Louise, of the @UnordinaryDae Twitter handle, is a makeup artist in Atlanta and says that this sort of fiasco is not uncommon. “I feel like there are not enough black people in the industry…to make decisions…and this is the result,” she said.
People had such strong opinions that the debate went viral and made its way back to J. Crew. The clothing retailer tweeted an apology “for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused.”
J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong. pic.twitter.com/M25MHbrb3L— Daë Louise 💄💋 (@UnordinaryDae) November 9, 2017
@jcrew as a black women this model's hair leaves me wondering what happened? It's hard to even see the dress because I can't get pass her "bedhead". Her looks like she jumped out of bed and drove to the shoot in a convertible. She is a beautiful woman but her hair is a hot mess. pic.twitter.com/RDqw1EGgai— Michelle Rouche (@michellerouche) November 10, 2017
natural hair doesn't equal messy and not taken cared of. That's that same stupid ass mentality that gets black woman kicked out of working areas for rocking their fros https://t.co/RCCLaXi4O4— Mya (@myajasminee) November 10, 2017
If you a black woman & agree to a photoshoot with ya hair looking like this, then you’re also part of the problem pic.twitter.com/xEpvRqNEbc— Hibz 🇨🇦🇸🇴 (@Adolfhib) November 9, 2017
[via Revelist, opening image via Twitter]
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