White British Photographer Suffers Backlash For Creating Dark-Skinned Digital Model Named Shudu


By Renese

Meet Shudu.

She is a stunning Instagram model who currently has over 40,000 followers. Looking flawless in a Fenty Beauty mattemoiselle lipstick, the young woman’s perfectly brown skin, almond eyes and short haircut speak instant fierceness. But guess what?

She’s not real.

Here's Why Kim Kardashian Crediting Her Fulani Braids To Bo Derek Is Problematic

Kim Kardashian 
By Samantha Callender via Essence.com

Braids have long been the de facto hairstyle of the African diaspora. Originally a tribal signifier amongst African tribes, the technique was brought across the Atlantic during slavery and is now a go-to protective style for Black women.

There's no arguing that braids have played a critical role in Black hair culture, which is why when celebrities, namely Kim Kardashian, chose to credit the style to Bo Derek, a white actress, we have a problem.

Elle Magazine's Documentary On Braids Will Give You All The Feels!

Karrueche Tran 
By Erickka Sy Savané
Not all documentaries are created equal. But Elle Magazine's 'Braided: An American Hair Story' taps celebs like Lupita Nyong'o, Young M.A., and Karrueche Tran, as well as stylist to the stars Vernon Francois and author Ayana Byrd to give us an entertaining, political, and historic look at the hairstyle that is more than just a hairstyle but a staple of black culture. Produced by Angel Lenise, Bree Green, and Julie Schott, it's totally worth watching so click the link!

Why The 'White Designers Appropriating African Fashion Debate' Is Old News

Stella McCartney 2017


By Mwabi Kaira

The internet exploded this week with news that fashion designer Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection featured African prints.  Everyone took to hash tagging cultural appropriation and voiced their outrage all over social media that a designer could show white women wearing our designs.  I’m an African woman by way of Zambia and Malawi and my first thought was not outrage, it was confusion.  I wondered where these outraged folks had been because this is nothing new and has been seen on runways for decades.  And, as far as the models, girl, where have you been? What fashion week shows by non-black designers have you seen more than a few black models rip the runway?  I had to conclude that folks just haven’t been paying attention.  

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