Vogue has finally responded to the intense criticism it faced after posting pictures of Kendall Jenner sporting an afro on its Instagram page.
Vogue posted several portraits of Jenner featuring the hairstyle on their Instagram pages to honor the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In one photo, Jenner poses alongside Imaan Hammam, who is wearing her hair straight.
The caption reads, “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.”
The magazine was intensely criticized for its choice of model, with people taking to the comments to voice their thoughts.
“Why was her hair teased into a fro when you could use an actual MODEL WITH NATURAL HAIR,” one critic wrote.
Another said, “Next time a person with actual freckles and an afro would be [lit] Vogue.”
Yet another wrote, “Really an Afro on a Caucasian model. Stop doing this vogue, it’s getting ridiculous. Hire a model with natural Afro hair.”
“Or instead of forcing Kendall down our throats every month, get a model with a natural Afro and freckles,” one person wrote.
“She don’t need to ever wear an “afro” again… y’all tried it for real,” another angrily wrote.
Vogue responded to the criticism in a statement to E!, saying, “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 apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”
Jenner has been in this situation before when she did an ad for Pepsi where she is able to calm down an angry officer during a protest using a can. Pepsi pulled the ad a day later due to the intensity of the criticism.
The company said in a statement, “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”
Jenner also addressed the controversy during her April 2018 Vogue cover, saying, “Obviously, my intention was not to hurt anyone,” she said at the time. “Honestly, I just hid out. It hurt me that I hurt other people.” The model added, “I am a huge people-pleaser, and that is what my job has always been: You come to set and you do what you’re told.”
More recently, Kendall was shaded in the industry after she said in an interview that she cannot do multiple fashion shows per runway season and likes to instead cherry pick her projects.
Model Ashley Graham said, “Well, lucky for her. ‘Cause I’ve never been – that’s so lucky. This t*ts and a** have just had to fight through and break barriers everyday.”
Sports Illustrated model Vita Sidorkina wrote, “Maybe ‘those girls’ need to pay their bills that’s why they are doing 30 shows? No words…”
Jenner is also often criticized about her attitude towards fans and the public. Twitter user Sophie Ross called Jenner out for bailing on a restaurant after her dog bit someone, calling her “sadistic” and “self-absorbed”.
Sister Kim Kardashian had to step in and defend the supermodel, calling her “the most generous, compassionate person” and blaming her standoffish impression on anxiety.
Kendall Jenner has not yet spoken out about her Vogue cover.