Marc Jacobs Claims He 'Doesn't See Race' After White Models With Faux Dreads Spark Controversy at NYFW
Perhaps American fashion designer Marc Jacobs wasn't aware of the statement he was making. In his show, which closed out New York Fashion Week, Jacobs' models took to the runway sporting pastel-colored dreadlocks from Etsy.
Models Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn all wore the custom-made dreadlocks. Only one of the models was black, causing people on social media to point out Jacobs' obvious cultural appropriation.
Marc Jacobs chose to use white models with "dreads" instead of just using black models with actual dreads https://t.co/iEOLd63DcL— Affinity Magazine (@Affinity Magazine) 1473981750.0
Jacobs' response to the backlash was baffling to some:
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. 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.
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Watch: Marc Jacobs Full Fashion Show/Spring 2017