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J. Crew Just Apologized For A Black Model's Seriously Controversial Hairstyle

"They didn't even try."

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Madewell is a popular brand known for its vintage-looking jeans and its "cool girl" aesthetic. Think no-makeup makeup and tousled #iwokeuplikethis hair.

Well one model’s hairstyle has gone viral and sparked a major beauty debate. People are very divided on whether her hair is just part of the brand’s carefree aesthetic, or if it was just poorly styled for the photoshoot.

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Just to be clear, people aren't debating whether the model herself looks good or bad because she's obviously STUNNING. It’s strictly about the hair.

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Some people are saying it looks like the company gave zero efforts to her hair.

...Pointing to other brands, like ASOS, Fame and Partners, and Madewell's big sister brand J. Crew, as examples.

People had such strong opinions that the debate went viral and made its way back to the model, whose name is Marihenny. She told The Shade Room that "the concept of the brand specifically is to show that clothes can be comfortable wearable and naturally beautiful [sic]. So the natural hair and makeup fits right in."

  1. So did Madewell hold the model's hairstyling to a lower standard than her peers, or is all of the backlash ridiculous because her hair looks fine?

J. Crew Just Apologized For A Black Model's Seriously Controversial Hairstyle

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So did Madewell hold the model's hairstyling to a lower standard than her peers, or is all of the backlash ridiculous because her hair looks fine?
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