By Jasmine Washington
Marc Jacobs is not here for any of your cultural appropriation slander! The renowned fashion designer took to Instagram to shut down critics who slammed his Spring 2017 runway show, because of a particular hairstyle models wore during his club culture inspired fashion show.
A firestorm of controversy took place in Jacobs’s IG comment section after photos of his cast of predominately white models sporting dreadlocks went viral.
Directly mentioning two IG users specifically Jacob’s explained, “and all who cry “cultural appropriation” or whatever nonsense about any race or skin wearing their hair in any particular style or manner- funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair.”
Not stopping there, Jacob’s continued, “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.”
This isn’t Marc Jacobs’s first time at the cultural appropriation rodeo. The designer’s Spring 2015 show was riddled with controversy after models wore bantu knots, a style that has been rooted in minority communities for centuries, and referred to them as ’mini buns.’
Is wearing your hair in cornrows if you’re not Black cultural appropriation or not? Find out what these women had to say after wearing the style for a week in the clip below.