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.
Inside of the special issue, called "Amazing Hair," readers find pages of hairstyle tutorials — including one for Afro hair...
Featuring a white woman...
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."
The "Loose Afro" is a part of the magazine's "Retro Modern" '70s-inspired styles, which seem to feature only white women.
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 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."