The Kendall Jenner and Vogue 'afro' controversy, explained

Vogue is embroiled in controversy over its latest photo shoot with Kendall Jenner.

The fashion magazine has been accused of cultural appropriation for styling the 22-year-old model’s hair as what some people say looks like an afro

Vogue posted two photos of Jenner with the contentious style ― which may be a wig ― to its Instagram account over the weekend.

The pictures, styled by Tonne Goodman, are from the magazine’s November issue and center around the creation of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund.

HuffPost has reached out to Vogue and reps for Jenner without receiving replies.

Many people who made comments on the magazine’s Instagram post were upset by the styling, calling it an “afro” and accusing Vogue of racism and cultural appropriation. 

“We’ve been told for so long that our natural hair is unprofessional and unkempt. In fact we’re still being told,” one commenter wrote.

“Girls are getting suspended/expelled from school for having braids, the people on ‘Fashion Police’ said @zendaya looked like she smelled like patchouli and weed when she wore faux dreads on the red carpet,” the commenter added. “Now giving a white girl an Afro and all of a sudden it’s appropriate is another problem altogether.”

Others didn’t think Jenner’s hairstyle was as offensive as critics were making it out to be, saying it was just “curly hair teased out in a 1970s style” and didn’t “look like a ’fro.” 

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 11: Model Kendall Jenner is seen arriving at the Longchamp 70th Anniversary Celebration at Opera Garnier on September 11, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 11: (EDITOR'S NOTE Photo has been retouched) Kendall Jenner attends the Longchamp 70th Anniversary Celebration at Opera Garnier on September 11, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Longchamp)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 11: (EDITOR'S NOTE Photo has been retouched) Kendall Jenner attends the Longchamp 70th Anniversary Celebration at Opera Garnier on September 11, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Anthony Ghnassia/Getty Images for Longchamp)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Kendall Jenner is seen in SoHo on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Kendall Jenner is seen leaving her hotel on September 8, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kendall Jenner attends The Worldwide Editors Of Harper's Bazaar Celebrate ICONS by Carine Roitfeld presented by Infor, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM, Estee Lauder, Saks Fifth Avenue and Genesis at The Plaza Hotel on September 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kendall Jenner is seen on September 07, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0919 -- Pictured: Model Kendall Jenner during an interview on September 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Russell James (L) and Kendall Jenner attend the 'ANGELS' by Russell James book launch and exhibit hosted by Cindy Crawford and Candice Swanepoel at Stephan Weiss Studio on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Kendall Jenner is seen on September 06, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by BG021/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid leave Socialista on September 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 09: Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are seen on August 09, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 29: Kendall Jenner attends the first annual 'If Only' Texas hold'em charity poker tournament benefiting City of Hope at The Forum on July 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Kendall Jenner attends CHAOS x LOVE magazine party on June 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Model Kendall Jenner is seen walking in Soho on June 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian are seen walking in Soho on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kendall Jenner attends the 2018 CFDA Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kendall Jenner arrives for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Kendall Jenner seen out and about in Manhattan on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Model Kendall Jenner attends Fashion for Relief Cannes 2018 during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu on May 13, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dave Benett/FFR/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kendall Jenner attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Kendall Jenner attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US model Kendall Jenner poses as she arrives on May 11, 2018 for the Chopard Party on the sidelines of the 71st Cannes film festival in Cannes, southeastern France. (Photo by Yann COATSALIOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 10: Model Kendall Jenner is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Nice Airport on May 10, 2018 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: (L-R) Talent Manager, Jenner Communications, Kris Jenner, Model Kendall Jenner, Founder, Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Jenner, Founder, The Business of Fashion Imran Amed and Founder and CEO, KKW Kim Kardashian attends an intimate dinner hosted by The Business of Fashion to celebrate its latest special print edition 'The Age of Influence' at Peachy's/Chinese Tuxedo on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Kendall Jenner attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Kendall Jenner is seen in the East Village on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Kendall Jenner seen out and about in Manhattan on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Model Kendall Jenner attends Longchamp by Shayne Oliver preview at Longchamp Soho on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Longchamp)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Kendall Jenner is seen on May 03, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nancy Rivera/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Kendall Jenner arrives to the Longchamp Opening at Longchamp Fifth Avenue on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Kendall Jenner attends the Tiffany & Co. Paper Flowers event and Believe In Dreams campaign launch on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 14: Kendall Jenner attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 on April 14, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Kendall Jenner does a photoshoot for Tiffany & Co on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 04: Model Kendall Jenner is seen on April 4, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin attend March For Our Lives Los Angeles on March 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/WireImage)
Kendall Jenner attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Kendall Jenner attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Kendall Jenner is seen on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Kendall Jenner on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Kendall Jenner seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 09, 2018 in New York (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Kendall Jenner seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 08, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Kendall Jenner seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Danielle Cathari and Kendall Jenner attend the presentation for adidas Originals by Danielle Cathari on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Model Kendall Jenner is seen in Soho on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Kendall Jenner is seen in SoHo on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Model Kendall Jenner attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on January 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: Kendall Jenner walks the runway at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19 on January 14, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Model Kendall Jenner attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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“She’s a model. The hair is not offensive and people need to just stop trying make something out of nothing. I’ve seen plenty of white models where there hair like this and nothing was said,” one person wrote. 

Another added: “If you look at the ensemble as a whole instead of the hair alone, it looks like an intimate tribute to fashion as it was around 1900. Hair was kept high and curled tightly and women wore collared gowns with lace, and this look is quite ‘undone’- which could be the reason they made her hair look teased and more like an Afro...” 

Vogue issued a statement about the backlash to E! News on Monday. 

“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,” the magazine said. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.” 

Jenner was recently involved in a controversy of her own after she made comments about being selective about fashion shows

“I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to ’em,” the model said in an interview with Love magazine in August.

“But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else. The whole combination was very overwhelming, and I started to freak out a little bit and needed to take a step back.” 

She later claimed that her words were “twisted & taken out of context.” 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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