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Marc Jacobs defends using dreadlocks in fashion show featuring Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner after sparking row

By / Published on Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 11:15 AM / No Comments / 106 views

Marc Jacobs has defended using dreadlocks in his New York Fashion Week catwalk show after some criticised him for cultural appropriation.

The designer’s show featured the likes of Kendall Jenner , Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid all wearing fake rainbow-hued dreadlock wigs made of wool as they strutted down the runway.

But the wigs sparked a backlash from some Twitter users who questioned why Jacobs didn’t just use black models.

One blasted: “Lmao why does Marc Jacobs think its okay to hire a bunch of white models and give them faux dreadlocks for his show…..”

Another asked: “Why couldn’t Marc Jacobs hire black models with real dreadlocks? Is that so hard?”


Bella Hadid poses backstage


The model flashed her cleavage as she walked in Thursday’s show

Getty Models backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 fashion show

The designer has come under fire for using fake dreadlocks on his models

But the designer stood by his decision, replying to two users from his personal Instagram on Friday with: “All who cry “cultural appropriation” or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair.


Kendall also walked in the show


Jacobs’ response prompted more backlash

“I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see colour 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.”

This prompted even more backlash, with another writing: “Marc Jacobs doesn’t see color……until it’s time to select the models to walk his runway.”

The designer said the hairstyles were influenced by “rave culture, London 1980s’ fashion and Japanese Harajuku girls.”

Thanks to: mirror – US gossip

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