Blackhair Magazine is responding to controversy after the mag featured a white woman on its December/January cover….SERIOUSLY??!!!
Although the cover model does have curly textured hair, readers of the publication were confused because the model most certainly looks like a white woman.
She has since been identified as Emily Bador, who identifies as white and Malaysian.
Emily took to Instagram to explain that the photo featured on the cover of Blackhair was from a shoot she did when she was 15 years old. Emily also apologized for not understanding the meaning of ‘cultural appropriation’ or the impact it has on POC at the time of the shoot.
“I hold up my hands, I’m so so so sorry and I’m very sorry this cover was taken away from a black woman,” said Emily.“I’m upset and angry I was never asked by the photographer/hair salon/anyone if this image could be used for the cover Blackhair.”
In addition to Emily’s apology, the editor of Blackhair issued an apology of her own.
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.
At Blackhair we continuously strive to celebrate black women in all our beautiful variation of skin hues and hair textures. We are keenly aware of how black women are underrepresented in the mainstream media and the last thing we want to do is add to our erasure. In this ever-changing world, race will surely become even more fluid and no doubt conversations around Black identity will continue to change, and we definitely welcome the dialogue.
Thank you to Emily Bador for bringing this to our attention, we really appreciate your honesty. And we also thank our dear readers for your continued support, we don’t take any of it for granted and therefore welcome any emails, messages, tweets you have on this subject and others.
Enjoy your Monday