Coco Austin defends her braids after social media backlash: 'It's not a race war'


Coco Austin's latest style statement caused some controversy on social media.

The 38-year-old model proudly displayed her new braids last week, but not everyone was feeling her hairstyle. "My new braids! I call [them] Da Coco Swoop. I wanted a little change up for the summer," she captioned a video of her new 'do. "I name all the braid styles I do, even hairstyles with no braids. It's a cute thing I do. I have many weird Coco-isms 'do."

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Days later, Coco was back on social media defending her summer style. "So, recently I got social media's panties in a bunch because I did braids to my hair. This is so stupid. I can't believe I'm talking about it, and I believe this shouldn't be turned out to be a race thing," she said in a video shared on Instagram. "This is what happened: I did my braids and I called them the Coco Swoop. I name all my styles that I do to myself. These are called the Coco Swoop. The braids before were called the Bo Derek braids. And it's a Coco-ism. I've always done it."

Ice-T's wife further justified her look, insisting that she can name her hairstyles whatever she wants. "Why can't we all rename hairstyles or braids? That sounds so stupid. Why is everybody claiming something they shouldn't? I know braids have been around for thousands of years. Don't you think I know that?" she declared. "If I want to wear a pineapple on my head, then I should be able to wear a pineapple on my head and call it the Pineapple Cocowop. I don't know. You see where I'm going with this? Why is everybody hating?"

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Coco didn't stop there! She then posted a "part two" video, declaring in the caption: "Let's put this to rest and worry about real issues we have in this world."

She also made reference to Beyonce's braids in the Lemonade visual album. "Beyonce, she does this hairstyle, and now it's the 'Lemonade', but no one's gonna get mad at her, right? So, at the end of the day, this shouldn't be a race war. This should be a 'human thing.' Right? Everybody should be able to do it. It's a 'human thing,'" she exclaimed. "Give that a shot. Not a race war. It has nothing to do with race."

After thanking her supporters, Coco had one final message for her haters: "Get over it."

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This isn't the first time Coco has faced off against her critics. In December 2015, just after giving birth to her and Ice-T's daughter, Chanel, she fired back at haters who slammed her parenting methods. "Some assume since you have money and live in a 'celebrity world' that you don't do s**t!" Coco wrote in a series of tweets. "Let me add, I don't have nannies or babysitters. I've been 100% hands on with Chanel. I also clean my own house and do my own laundry #100%wife."

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Omg! I asked Chanel,"Show me a yoga pose" and she held her leg out all on her own.She's learning quick #stretchingtwinsies (Bathing suits by- @sugardollz )
Trying to beat the heat while in Arizona😰 (Matching suits -@sugardollz )
"Imma barbie girl in a barbie world" 🎵🎵🎵🎶🎶 Pink CocoLicious Bodysuit (link in bio)
One of many mini videos I will be posting for my lingerie line! #CocoLicious
Did someone ring? CocoLicious fishnet Bodysuit now available .. Get on Amazon (link in bio) #shoeFreak
When its a 107 degrees out ..A swimsuit becomes your attire for the day 👙 #ArizonaHeat
I got my Summer @fabfitfun subscription box in the mail! #fabfitfunpartner Its like Xmas in June! For those that don't know what it is.. You get tons of products valued over $200 but u can get it for $39 ..just go to FabFitFun.com and put the code in "CocoLive". You get stuff like a gemstone necklace, #Cargo bronzer, eye smoother , post workout massage oil, awesome #Avene suncreen. The list goes on ..My favorite is the #MichealStars sarong called the Ruana it fits any body size BTW
I'm feeling this bodysuit..thoughts? (Its from @fashionnova)
Hey people! Just saying what's up! 👋🏻
Thank you @fashionnova for recognizing that it's a must to Love YOUR FN Body! We are all perfectly imperfect & that's okay! #BodiedByNova #NovaBabe
Date night with friends.. Its nice to have an adult night every once and awhile(Chanel is so attached to my hip usually) sometimes u got to share the boobs with you're man.😃 lol
Look of the night! This was my, "Dont think too hard on what to wear, throw on dress" Dress- @devannaloveboutique
Holy Boobies.. Thx @babychanelnicole for my post-baby body I'm more conscious of being healthier than ever
Finally feeling the warm Spring air, had to get my maxi dresses out! This dress is from @fashionnova Type the word "Coco" at checkout to get 15% off
Spa Vibes #snäpchatphoto
Always love a mirror shot! Checking out the new #CocoLicious Lingerie line.. I could pair this number up with jeans!
Behind the scenes of shooting my 3rd lingerie collection..I channeled all my original poses..I'm tired now..LOL //Earlier on Snapchat -("Coco") I had to edit it so it would fit here on Instagram longer footage will be on Facebook
Highlighted lingerie piece for the week! (Get it on Amazon ..search CocoLicious or link above in bio) #Bodysuit #monokini #lingerie #thongthursday
Recently on Snapchat..... My favorite time of the day is nap time! I love watching @babychanelnicole (Snapchat- "Coco")
My heart ♥ ....my world
So I came upon this dope boutique @heavenlysed & they happen to carry some of my lingerie including the one thats photographed. You can shop with them online👉🏻 HeavenlySeduction.com
When sometimes your feeling that side profile shot.LOL It was nice visiting the Poconos. I think I personally meet everybody in the club at Mount Airy and they were so very nice
This can also be the perfect bikini for tanning..Notice the see thru straps.. (Just search CocoLicious Lingerie on Amazon ) #thongthursdays
I'm highlighting a different item from my lingerie line every week. Everybody needs a tiny yellow bra & thong set. Right? (Just search CocoLicious Lingerie on Amazon )
I'm usually not fond of paparazzi pics but these are cute📸
Very cool.. I love old photos I haven't seen before ..Chanel was 6 months here.. She has changed so much.. This pic is artsy but glam at the same time...
It doesn't have to be Valentines to wear red..... I love the new mesh Licious bodysuits (Link in bio or search CocoLicious on Amazon)
If u guys didn't know I have a lingerie line called Licious..After the success of the 1st collection. Brand new items are now up on Amazon.. (Search Keyword CocoLicious)
I'm a very colorful person.... My personality has been described as whimsical, that's funny to me. I do admit I do have a qirky sense of humor.. And after all the TV shows I've done I think my followers know that by now.
During Halftime tune to Facebook Live! Ice and I are chilling with @kevinhart4real link will be posted on my "Coco"Facebook page
Another day another interview....
Its all about the animal print.. (In my eyes)
Chanel and I popped in at the People Mag Live studios..You can watch it now online!! Its funny Chanel wanted the boob so bad during the interview it was smack during her usual nap time
Wanna give some love to my fav nail salon! @rosenails_lounge ! I just got the glo-n-dark nails. They are neutral colors during the day
I would live in a swimsuit if I lived near a tropical place🌴 Chanel loves to way hi!🖐
Behind on posting my pics.... My bestie and did Miami! Matching monokinis and everything! Swimsuits by- @sugardollz
Sunset in Miami..... (Bikini by- @sugardollz )
My family vacation continues ...day on a yacht is not too shabby.. Chanel is not sure about this wind though Matching swimsuits by- @sugardollz
Beach babes..lol Kisses to our followers
Beach vibes.... (Snapchat pic😉)🌴
Ok I have to post 1 more pic.. There's too much cuteness going on with this little girl. I have so much fun with her These bikins wear made by - @fedeswimwear
Chanel and I are sucking up this beautiful weather in Florida.. Its 30 degrees back home (These bikinis are custom made- @fedeswimwear )
Hanging poolside with my baby girl! #familyvacation Matching swimsuits - @fedeswimwear
Recap of last nights dress.. #tvguideparty
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