Fashion certainly has a knack for offending people. And so does the Jenner-Kardashian clan. In a new photo shoot for Vogue magazine, Kendall Jenner wears a Brock Collection dress with her hair teased out. The photo was part of a larger shoot to celebrate the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for the magazine’s November issue.
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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
Given Vogue‘s track record (remember Gigi Hadid in black face?) and the Kardashian family’s (Kim’s “box braids,” to name one instance), Kendall’s hairstyle was not well received. “They stay tryna turn white women into black women. They rather pretend we don’t exist then give us credit. Ugh,” wrote one critic, summing up the collective irritation with the values that the magazine is projecting.
Vogue‘s rebuttal? The magazine said in a statement, “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.”