Vogue apologized after apparent backlash toward a pair of Instagram photos honoring the Council of Fashion Designers of America that feature Kendall Jenner with teased, messy hairstyles. Some loud people online said that Jenner was rocking an afro and claimed that she was participating in a beloved Kardashian/Jenner pastime: cultural appropriation.
Except, Jenner wasn’t culturally appropriating anything, because this isn’t a afro:
It’s clearly a throwback to the Gibson girl hairstyle from the turn of the 20th century. But even if you had no idea what that was, jumping to afro is an impressive leap.
And for the record, this isn’t an afro either:
Her hair is just messy. She looks like every dude in a hair metal band. She looks like your Aunt Clara in 1985.
In a statement, Vogue attempted to clear up the controversy that never should have existed in the first place:
“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.”
If you’re going to claim cultural appropriation in 2018, it’s a good idea to make sure that you at least know what you’re talking about.