Oops, Blackhair Magazine Put a White Model on Its Cover
And the model was the first to call them out
Blackhair magazine done goofed with it’s latest issue for December/January. In an epic bungle, the bi-monthly journal of black hair accidentally ran with a white model on its cover. All parties involved are embarrassed and apologetic.
This is like Seventeen magazine running with George Burns on its cover. It’s like Lucky magazine running with that dude from Serial on the cover. It’s like People magazine running with Donald Trump on its cover. Actually, that last one happened. But honestly, it’s kind of worse than any of those because the whole point of Blackhair magazine is to celebrate black hair and for many, it’s to fight back against the appropriation of black culture.
The model in question is actually the one who pointed out that she is actually white by posting to Instagram an apology for participating in the shoot three or four years ago. She said:
I would deeply and sincerely like to apologise to everyone for this, and black women especially. I would like to clarify, I believe this shoot is from when I was around 15 and didn’t understand cultural appropriation or the impact it has on POC… I didn’t understand how black women are constantly told their natural hair is inappropriate/unprofessional for the work place, or how young girls are told they can’t go to school with natural hair. I didn’t understand that shoots like this support the very Eurocentric beauty standard that the mainstream media focus on which reinforce the idea that black features are only ok on white women.
She also said that she was not asked for permission to run the photo.
For its part, Blackhair magazine issued an apology on Facebook and said that they were misinformed by the PR agency that sold them the photo.
This morning it was brought to our attention that the model gracing our December/January issue is not of black or mixed-race heritage. We were obviously not aware of this prior to selecting the image. We often ask PR companies/salons to submit images for the magazine, specifically stating that models must be Black or mixed race. We can only take their word for it, and of course, try to use our own judgment.
For now, the publishers are stuck with an embarrassing cover for two months and a Facebook avatar of the same embarrassing cover.