Twitter rages against Kendall Jenner and VOGUE for her “afro” style in photo shoot

The model's latest look has drawn tons of backlash.

 

Kendall Jenner is back in social media’s crosshairs after photos of her donning what looks like an afro was posted by VOGUE. 

The model who has been dragged in the past for culturally insensitive moves (like that tone-deaf Pepsi ad) is in good company when it comes to cultural appropriation her sister, Kim Kardashian West, has been rocking braids and cornrows unapologetically for while now.

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The photos are from the November 2018 issue of the magazine and highlight VOGUE’s CFDA Fashion Fund, a 15-year-old competition for American designers. In one photo, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is next to Imaan Hammam.

The spread was photographed by Mikael Jansson, and is featured in the magazine and on VOGUE‘s website.

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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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Twitter went in on the comments section of the photos with plenty of people wondering why the magazine didn’t feature a Black model if they wanted to showcase a Black hairstyle.

“Both her Afro and lip injections are distracting, but only the former is in truly poor taste,” posted one follower.

“Y’all really put an Afro on this freckle,” posted another user.
“Really??? couldn’t find any AA models in the rolodex?,” added another.
While some may argue that Kendall Jenner isn’t wearing an actual afro in the photos, others nailed the real issue right on the head.
“You’ll find the discussion is more about the double standard that there is towards Afro hair and black culture. There are negative connotations surrounding Actual black people who have this hair (or other things that are a part of black culture) however, conveniently when a white person does it it is suddenly ‘fashionable’ or en vogue. The thing about straight hair or blonde hair is that it’s already part of the western beauty standards ideal, so there’s no double standard. Please educate yourself before you hop online and make me do this to you,” one user posted.
Sounds about right.