There are many Black women who prefer to rock Blonde, fake hair and will come for your life if you dare suggest they are “trying to emulate White women.” On the flip side, there happens to be White gals who want to rock a curly fro… So what’s the big deal?

Allure Magazine pissed off some readers with its August beauty tip feature, telling White girls that: “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro.” The article showcased a white model with a ’70s-style afro hairstyle, with no mention of its origins. As you would expect, the article prompted harsh criticism on social media, with some calling the piece “cultural appropriation,” and many questioning if the mag has a diverse editorial staff.

While defending the spread, Allure acknowledged the political significance the afro has had for African-Americans, telling FOX411:

“The Afro has a rich cultural and aesthetic history. In this story, we show women using different hairstyles as an individual expressions of style. Using beauty and hair as a form of self-expression is a mirror of what’s happening in our country today. The creativity is limitless—and pretty wonderful.”

Sure, Allure, but not everyone is buying it. Allison McGevna, managing editor at HelloBeautiful.com, said the issue isn’t just about hair, it’s the lack of diversity inside the magazine. She also points out that the style is not even an Afro, but a twist-out.

“I don’t think that Allure necessarily meant to cause any harm or be insulting. I believe in the editor’s mind, it was actually a celebration, but that naïveté is really a major problem associated with cultural appropriation,” McGevna said. “Black female features are not simply a beauty trend. While celebrating an Afro hairstyle, which is absolutely something to celebrate, they should have used an actual Black woman, instead of painting freckles on a white woman’s skin and curling her hair so that she looks more ethnic.”

Noliwe Rooks, an Africana Studies professor at Cornell University, perfectly summed up the hypocrisy by reminding us how White folks love Black culture, just not on Black people:

“I don’t believe that anyone actually owns a hairstyle and whites have long tried to appear edgy and cool by adopting aesthetic elements from other cultures such as plump lips, butt implants, tan skin and even hair styles such as cornrows,” Rooks said. “Black people are often sent home from school or jobs for wearing braids or afros because whites don’t think such styles are professional, yet white women are told such styles are fashionable. It’s infuriating and the upset is about more than who owns a particular hairstyle.”

What do you think? Are critics overreacting or is this yet another example of cultural appropriation?

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2 thoughts on “Allure Mag Blasted for Advising White Girls on How to Rock Afros

  1. Damned! Why can’t kneegrows play nice? White women don’t go around whining, whoopin, and hollerin when they see black women sashaying around in long, strait European hair. Let me take this down to the lowest common denominator so that ya’ll can understand. You take their toys and play with them all you want, but you want to get all territorial and indignant when they want to play with a toy you threw in the garbage decades ago. You need to learn how to share and play nice. Besides what the hell would Ne Ne’s real black ass do if, all a sudden, she realized that no one believes that she is in fact, not a natural blond?

  2. African American Woman on said:

    Why is this even news? These days people tend to do their own thing whether it be hair,clothes, makeup or whatever. Are we know expected to police what people decide to do with their hair? I understand that the Afro has roots in African culture, however, if white people want to wear it great! Take it as a compliment. Maybe people with naturally straight, long hair take compliment when black women have weaves to emulate those people and their hair. Really, in the end, there are more important issues we need to be focusing on.

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