Breaking but not-so-breaking news, Kendall Jenner is caught in a controversy of some sort, involving a photoshoot. I would expect less negative attention for one of the more calm, cool & collected Kardashian-Jenner sisters (other than Kourtney), but it just keeps coming and coming. I’m beginning to suspect if this is her only ticket into some major media attention, other than maybe following into her sisters footsteps with a surprise pregnancy.
Momager Kris Jenner is a smart, witty & powerful business woman who built a billion-dollar empire using her six children – but deep down in my gut I just don’t think she would have the sense or audacity to throw any of her own under the bus just for a media frenzy. Let’s hope the saying “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” is not valued in her management career. Especially racially-insensitive and bigoted publicity. That in no way compares to let’s say a… heated, public argument with a boyfriend. Don’t get it twisted, the Pepsi incident, those privileged-filled comments about other models, and those god-awful hip-hop t-shirts with Kylie were ignorant and sloppy.
Now in present times, as of October 23, 2018, not only has Kendall Jenner found herself in another dispute of supposedly appropriating black culture, but now it involves one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world. Vogue Magazine recently posted a shoot with Kendall Jenner on their Instagram account that will reportedly be featured in the magazine’s November 2018 issue.
Now if you haven’t taken a real gander at the beauty of a true afro, then I’m so sorry for your poor soul. Afros are glorious, stunning, powerful and usually tightly coiled, well-kempt, and smelling like a snack. I do not see or feel that when I’m looking at Miss Jenner’s latest photo shoot hair. Therefore, this whole scandal of Kendall appropriating black culture with a supposed “afro” is just plain disrespectful to real, authentic afros.
In fact, it seems like the controversy is being used as bait for black people, in hopes that their anger will create a spike in incoming website traffic. It saddens me to see black anger and outrage being used as a ticket of success and popularity. I know for a fact that this was a pushed-controversy because I have not seen any true outrage until media outlets started publishing and bringing life to this story, because there is no true outrage. A few Instagram comments from (most likely) trolls are just not worth the madness. Kendall Jenner is not rocking an afro in that photo shoot, and if you dare to fix your mouth and call THAT an afro, you’re disrespecting the millions of black women who wear their natural hair with pride and glory. THE AUDACITY OF IT ALL.
Vogue ended up issuing an apology for the :
“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.”