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    Updated on Sep 1, 2020. Posted on Aug 3, 2015

    People Are Pissed At This Magazine For Using A White Model In An Editorial About Afro Hair

    Update: Allure responded that "Using beauty and hair as a form of self-expression is a mirror of what’s happening in our country today."

    The current issue of Allure magazine features the stunning Salma Hayek on its cover.

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    Inside of the special issue, called "Amazing Hair," readers find pages of hairstyle tutorials — including one for Afro hair...

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    Featuring a white woman...

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    Who ordinarily looks like this.

    The editorial, titled "You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro*", stars actress Marissa Neitling from the TNT TV show The Last Ship. It offers a step-by-step for how to get what Allure calls a "Loose Afro."

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    The "Loose Afro" is a part of the magazine's "Retro Modern" '70s-inspired styles, which seem to feature only white women.

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    Not only did the magazine choose to not use a black model with straight hair, it failed to reference the very sacred and political context of the natural style, worn during the American Civil Rights era as a symbol of black pride and protest for equality.

    The reaction: PISSED!

    .@Allure_magazine, why would you ever in your life think this was okay?

    Someone should have warned you, @Allure_magazine Black Twitter comin'. Stop the foolishness. http://t.co/t5mQ5HVR9F

    Peak caucasity in allure magazine y'all

    Everybody want their hair styled...but don't nobody wanna be profiled @Allure_magazine

    Allure tells BuzzFeed Life that the Afro has a rich cultural history.

    "The Afro has a rich cultural and aesthetic history. In this story, we show women using different hairstyles as an individual expressions [sic] of style. Using beauty and hair as a form of self-expression is a mirror of what's happening in our country today. The creativity is limitless—and pretty wonderful."