Vogue responds to backlash over Kendall Jenner’s Afro hairstyle photos

Kendall Jenner is no stranger to being the face of a misinterpreted photo shoot or advertising campaign and her latest for Vogue caused a huge backlash.

The 22-year-old model was donning an Afro hairstyle in photos that were posted on Instagram , which led to accusations of cultural appropriation.

The portraits show the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star wearing a 1970’s hairstyle with the post captioned, "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."

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This was greeted with a mixed response initially but the screw was being turned on Vogue as more dissenting voices joined the fray and pointed the finger at the fashion mag, saying the photos were in bad taste.

E! News has reported that Vogue have released a statement, explaining the reason why the photos were taken.

The statement read: "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 apologise if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it."


Kendall previously courted controversy when a Pepsi ad she was in, reminded people of a famous photo in which protester Iesha Evans stands calmly as two Louisiana state troopers approach her in riot gear.

This was in April 2017 and Pepsi immediately pulled the advert after a number of complaints.

The soft drinks company said at the time that they had, "clearly missed the mark, and we apologise."

This was something that was echoed by Kendall herself, who said that her, "intention was not to hurt anyone."

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