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Was Kendall Jenner's Vogue Photoshoot Racist?

The internet has EXPLODED over the new Vogue photoshoot featuring Kendall Jenner with a so-called 'afro'!

For the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” reality star, it’s not the first time she’s been bashed in the media for a similar campaign regarding cultural appropriation. 

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Fifteen years and 150 finalists later, the @CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize has created global stars, local heroes, a must-watch New York Fashion Week, and, most important, a true sense of community among designers of all ages and backgrounds—all with differing aesthetic and commercial aspirations—who communicate, collaborate, and essentially care for one another through the fun and not-so-fun times. Laura Vassar Brock—one of the founders of 2016 #CVFF winner Brock Collection—says, “We spoke to a few friends who had gone through it, and they all said the same thing: that the Fashion Fund is a life-changing experience. And indeed it was!” Tap the link in our bio to learn more. Photographed by @mikaeljansson, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, November 2018

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She’s pictured again with a more “crimped out” version of the ‘fro next to Dutch Moroccan/Egyptian model Imaan Hammam and as a woman of colour, you'd think by re-posting the image herself she clearly doesn't see an issue. 

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Kendall and i for 🖤@voguemagazine

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Now, we don’t know about you but… we don’t think this is a fro. 

THIS is a fro. 

And what a beautiful 'fro that is. 

In a statement obtained by E! NewsVogue said,

"The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the '60s and the early '70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras. We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it."

And if we look back at the history of the Edwardian/Gibson girl era of hair, we think it’s pretty spot on to Jenner’s shoot. 

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#hairgaols #gibsongirlhair #victoriandustrial #plaugerat #stripedstockingsociety

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Marie Doro, 1902 She looks so modern. #Edwardianstyle #Edwardianhair #highneckedshirt #Edwardianlook

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Sure, the Kardashian’s have CERTAINLY got it wrong in the past. 

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But, having a look through Vogue’s Instagram, it’s clear they aren’t afraid of portraying and embracing different body shapes, cultural backgrounds and genders.

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Earlier this year, @moh_mckenzie and @clint_malik started incorporating everyday objects into their street style photos on Instagram: Clothespins hang from thrifted trenchcoat pockets, broken mirror shards are fastened to sunglasses with string, and playing cards are safety-pinned onto everything from traditional Kenyan robes to hand-painted jeans and captioned #MadeInKenya. “We use objects related to our culture, like matchsticks, brooms, handmade handbags,” says Malik, and the pair have become a street style duo to watch on social media. Tap the link in our bio for more #VogueWorld, 100 of our favorite street style stars from Lagos to Los Angeles, Cameroon to Chicago, Beijing to Brooklyn, who embody street style in the truest sense: people who woke up in the morning, got dressed, and blessed the world with their dazzle and direction.

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But what do you think? Have they crossed the line here? Or are you all for the Jenner Edwardian look? Let us know in the comments!

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