Marc Jacobs Called Out For Models Having Faux Locs at New York Fashion Week Show
New York Fashion Week commenced this week, and on the final day, designer, Marc Jacobs, held his fashion show.
What was just supposed to be another fashion show, is now embroiled in controversy due to Jacobs putting faux pastel-colored dreadlocks on the models, whom were mostly White.
Jacobs was criticized on social media for appropriating the Black hairstyle and culture and not crediting its origins. The designer wasn’t immune to the backlash and responded to a comment on Instagram, but his words have only opened him up to more criticism.
Jacobs wrote, “And all who cry “cultural appropriation” or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race- I see people. I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow minded…Love is the answer. Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing. Think about it.”
Yes, Jacobs actually mentioned Black women straightening their hair as if the two relate. His words are surprising seeing as how so many Black celebrities love Jacobs and most recently, he’s featured Missy Elliott and Willow Smith in his campaigns.
How long before he drafts a statement apologizing?