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Vogue apologises for Kendall Jenner 'afro' hairstyle

CONTROVERSY: Kendall Jenner (Photo credit: Mikael Jansson / American Vogue)

AMERICAN VOGUE has issued an apology after a photoshoot featuring model Kendall Jenner has been criticised and labelled as 'cultural appropriation'.

The fashion magazine posted the images of the model on Instagram, where many commented on Jenner's afro-like hairstyle and called it "offensive”.

In a statement, the Condé Nast publication 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 apologise if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it."

The snaps of Jenner prompted people to ask why the magazine had cast her instead of a model whose hair was naturally styled like that.

On Twitter user wrote: "why don't you just get a black model???? LITERALLY OF THESE BLACK MODELS AND OTHER MODELS OF COLOUR ARE LITERALLY AS GOOD OR PROBABLY BETTER THAN KENDALL THIS ISN'T JUST BACKLASH SIS IT'S F A C T S !!"

Another said: "For years we have been penalised about our looks and especially our hair, It is a slap in the face when non-Blacks try to imitate our look."

Others came to the magazine’s defence, arguing that the hairstyle wasn’t at all afro-like, with one person writing: "This whole Vogue/Kendall Jenner thing is pissing me off. Ever heard of Italian fros? Or Jewish fros? Black people do not own sole rights puffy curly hair. Quit trying to make everything a controversy."

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