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Marc Jacobs on dreadlocks controversy: What about women of color who straighten their hair?

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Marc Jacobs on dreadlocks controversy: What about women of color who straighten their hair?

Marc Jacobs ended New York Fashion Week with a little bit of controversy.

This time, instead of getting people talking with the designs of his clothing, it was the hairstyles by Guido Palau that really got tongues wagging.

His crop of mostly white models, Kendall Jenner, Bella and Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss, among others, sported pastel-colored dreadlocks that many on social media claim smacks of cultural appropriation.

Jacobs responded to the controversy on Instagram. Unfortunately for him, he may not have done himself any favors with his reply:

“@radical.lizeth @emmelephant and all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner — funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair,” Jacobs wrote. “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.”

Some noted that Jacobs did employ several models of color during his show to rock the “cartoonish, punk” style dreadlocks. Later, Jacobs allegedly apologized in a reply to another Instagram photo, noting that he did not “intend” to offend “anyone.” The reply was captured by Cosmopolitan:

(Photo via Instagram, @themarcjacobs)
(Photo via Instagram, @themarcjacobs)

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