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Marc Jacobs Show Comes Under Fire For Featuring White Models With Dreadlocks

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Mary Altaffer—AP The Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The designer has been called out for cultural appropriation

Marc JacobsFashion Week presentation has come under fire for featuring a cast of mainly white models wearing multicolored dreadlocks made from wool.

The catwalk, which showcased designs for spring/summer 2017, was walked by models including Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, all of whom had custom made dreadlocks weaved into their hair and knotted at the top of their heads. Yahoo Beauty reports that Jacobs was inspired by Lana Wachowski, the director behind films including The Matrix.

Jacobs has since been criticized for committing cultural appropriation and for including so few black models in his show. “All dreads but not ONE black model. Why not have them walk the runway in full feather Native American headdresses?,” wrote one angry Twitter user.
“An unknown black man/woman has dreads and it’s assumed they smoke and or are unprofessional,” added another. “[Now] Marc Jacobs has a model with dreads, it’s boho chic.”

Marc Jacobs later responded angrily to the criticisms.

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