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NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Jacobs has apologized for his response to criticism over showcasing his models in dreadlocks during the final day of New York Fashion Week.

The white designer was criticized on social media after his mostly white lineup of models was outfitted with rainbow dreadlocks for his Thursday show. Some accused Jacobs of appropriating black culture.

A screengrab shows Jacobs responding to his critics on Instagram by saying it was “funny” that they don’t “criticize women of color for straightening their hair.” Jacobs also wrote that he doesn’t see color or race and that he was “sorry to read that so many people are narrow minded.”

Jacobs apologized Sunday on Instagram for what he called “the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity.”


New York Fashion Week sizzled to an end with Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 show. While his collection boasted an eclectic pallet of colors and silhouettes, what managed to get the most attention was the coif of dreads on the models’ heads.

Model Kendall Jenner of the Kardashian TV empire was also rocking the look on the runway — which is notable considering her family’s history of appropriating all things Black, from hair styles to enhanced derrieres.

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When disgruntled fans spoke out against the designer for his cultural appropriation, Jacobs’ tone was dismissive, to say the least.

And 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 …”

His response is void of the historical context and politicization of Black hair in America and worldwide. Women and men of color were required to keep their hair straight and “controlled” for decades as they navigated White spaces in order to have an “acceptable” look. Just a couple of weeks ago, we watched as South African students fought for the right to wear their hair in an Afro against an antiquated school code.

The way in which Jacobs positioned the show once again taps into the trend that Black culture on White bodies is “stylish,” but Black culture on Black bodies is political.

This isn’t the first time the designer has been under fire for his culturally insensitive runway looks. Just last year, Jacobs sent White models down the runway with ‘mini-buns’ AKA, bantu knots—a staple in natural hair styling.

Instead of using this moment as an opportunity for learning, Jacobs flexed his privilege with an erosive statement, “I don’t see color or race.”

Unfortunately, despite “colorblindness,” people of color are still reeling from the effects of centuries of people who did see color and punished us for it.

You can’t be an ally and be colorblind. It’s like saying how we feel does not exist to you. And clearly, it doesn’t.

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Instagram, Twitter, AP


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13 thoughts on “Marc Jacobs Apologizes For Response To Critics Of Dreadlocks

    • and lets be real, many blacks today are going Natural and YET there are people including some blacks who think “why are you wearing your hair like that 70’s styles or etc). SO because of stuff like this and of course what jobs and places want our hair to be, we have blacks who straighten their hair. Like the writer said, “it is the DISMISSIVENESS” of history and what still goes on in society, the schools, the workplace, etc that makes what Marc said silly.

  1. msstarr82 on said:

    he claims “not to see color or race but yet says he sees people.” if you SEE, then you have to see color and race as the dominant representation of people. nobody can SEE your character at first look and only a fool would claim otherwise.

  2. msstarr82 on said:

    i so hate some Black people saying that they can choose the issues another Black person can have conversation about or an issue with. someday WE WILL ALL BE FREE to be who we are without a survey, permission, or rebuke.

  3. Really my people!!! We wear weave, dye our hair blonde, rock blue contacts and get pissed if asked about it. I think it somewhat flattering when others copy our culture. We are beautiful and some folks are just now realizing that.
    Let’s get focused for real.

  4. Really!? Can we focus on some real issues — this is not an issue with Black people who are concerned about real Black issues — Focus people/focus. Don’t jump from police brutality to something like this — really — very f***ing petty. We are giving away our power.

    • I was thinking the same thing. How do you think it would go over if some Korean or white designer demanded the FLOTUS “STOP APPROPRIATING OUR CULTURE AND USING IT ON BLACK WOMEN”! This should not be an issue with black people who are concerned about any important life issues, black or otherwise.

      • straightnochaser on said:

        Kate, since you seem to be obsessed with Black people, let’s give you a glimpse of your future: MINORITY.

      • Well they do say that Hispanics will wind up being the majority race in the U.S., so us blacks just may be in the minority sooner than you think. Obsessed. Now, that’s a good one.

  5. Jacobs says “he doesn’t see color”. I’ll bet he sees red when his “green” is diminished because his product is not being purchased. In the same analogy as the best form of revenge is success – – the best argument anyone can have is to not purchase his product line and lessen his financial bottom line. There are certain people who understand nothing but money. Marc Jacobs, if you want to appropriate our culture – – it comes with a price!

  6. Marc Jacobs is a POS!!!!!

    Any fashion designer worth a grain of salt should have several women of color in the stables.


    The only thing that some folks care about is $$$$–so put a hurt on their pockets by PROTESTING AND REFUSING TO BUY THEIR RAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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