Kendall Jenner Posed in an Afro, and People Are Mad

Another day, another Kardashian cultural appropriation controversy.

This time, Kendall Jenner is the sister under fire for a styling choice. The model posed in Vogue‘s November issue to honor the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, but readers quickly zeroed in on how she wore her hair for the feature.

Some fans are pointing out that Jenner is wearing an afro, despite not being a person of color. 

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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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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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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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“This is just horrible to look at period, how this magazine thought it was suitable for the period they are so wrong. It is insensitive and offensive to so many people,” one person wrote in the comments. 

“Why did you use a white celebrity for this shoot instead of a person of color who rocks this hair naturally,” another added. 

“DISRESPECTFUL!!!!!!! We’re told our children can’t wear their natural hair to school and it’s unacceptable in many cooperate [sic] jobs. Wh!tes and others copy it’s considered high fashion.” 

Not everyone in the comments seemed to agree, though.

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15 years ago, the @CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was created to make the American fashion community more caring, more creative, more conscionable. Tap the link in our bio for a look back at the prize that changed American style. Photographed by @mikaeljansson, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, November 2018

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“Maybe it was an interesting look because her hair is always straight. The creative director wanted to try something new with Kendall’s look. Some white people actually have curly frizzy hair like this. These comments are unreal!” said one person.

“I wish some people can just chill and stop taking offence [sic] about every single thing which is obviously not meant to offend,” said another. 

Even with the divided comment section, Vogue stepped forward to apologize and clarify its intent in a statement to Fashionista

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“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,” it read. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and did not mean to offend anyone by it.”

Kendall herself hasn’t said anything about the matter. 


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