The model, one of the youngest in the Kardashian-Jenner clan, has been accused of cultural appropriation after a recent Vogue photo shoot for the November 2018 issue.
Jenner's teased-out updo in the photos resembles that of an afro.
However, Vogue thinks otherwise. The publication stated the hairdo was meant to pay tribute to the big hair trend from the 1970s. Instagram posts from last week celebrated the CFDA Fashion Fund's 15th anniversary with a solo photo of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and another with model Imaan Hammam.
To curb the backlash, Vogue released a statement obtained by E!
"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," Vogue said. "We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it."
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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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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
Vogue's comment section erupted in discussion over whether the hairstyle was cultural appropriation or something else entirely.
"Why didn’t you get someone with an actual afro and freckles to model for you instead? And you try this all the time," one Instagram user wrote.
Over on Twitter, others echoed similar sentiments, pointing out the misstep is similar to the 2017 Pepsi ad. In the controversial commercial, Jenner handed a police officer a soda as a peace offering during what appeared to be an imitation of a Black Lives Matter protest.
Wow 😮 a kardashian copying black women pic.twitter.com/OLULhYpOne— Empress Finesse 👽 (@77x777x) October 23, 2018
Here we go again with this shit! Where is here PR team now, cleaning the pieces👀👀👀 Remember when she brought the entire world together??? #Pepsi #ijs Her family is use to controversy😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/FO2YRzRiXy— Sincerely Blogging (@SincerelyBlogg) October 22, 2018
Ironic that she picks and chooses what gigs to do and she still can’t get it right— 𝒞𝒶𝓇𝑀𝓊𝓉𝒽𝒶𝐹𝓊𝓀𝓃𝐿𝒶 (@CarlaMzchelle) October 22, 2018
Will the Kardashian-Jenner clan ever retire their exhaustive knack for cultural appropriation? Only time and hairdos will tell.
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