Marc Jacobs Needs to Calm the Heck Down

Source: marcjacobs.com
Marc Jacobs's spring/summer 2017 show at New York Fashion Week featured a cast of mostly white models, such as Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Gigi and Bella Hadid. There are plenty of beautiful black models with real dreadlocks he could have featured in his show. 
You can't ostentatiously appropriate a culture then attempt to justify the decision by criticising Beyonce's straight blonde hair. Lot's of black people are born with straight or blonde hair because they're genetic traits; nobody is born with dreadlocks because they're literally an amalgamation of matted hair. But Jacobs, the philanthropist he is, has hit back to the wave of criticism, claiming he doesn't "see color or race", he "see[s] people" and is "sorry to read that so many people are so narrow minded…Love is the answer." Which may explain why the creative team credited their inspiration for the show to influences such as 1980's punk fashion, the fantasy genre, and Jacobs himself, but not black culture, or specifically Rastafarianism which dreadlocks are most closely associated with. Jacobs addressed the social media backlash on Instagram, but just ended up digging a deeper hole: 
"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."
Ugh. 

In a trade which shapes our perceptions of beauty almost everyday, it's incredibly saddening to see an industry leader such as Marc Jacobs failing so spectacularly to understand that black beauty has been criticised for centuries, and black people are besmirched (BY WHITE PEOPLE) for dressing or looking "white", whereas white people have free reign to appropriate whatever culture they want for general attire or for whimsy on Halloween.

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