Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs Apologizes for Putting White Models in Dreadlocks.

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Fashion designer Marc Jacobs arrives at the 2010 FIAF Trophee des Arts presentation at the Plaza hotel on December 09, 2010 in New York City.
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Fashion designer Marc Jacobs arrives at the 2010 FIAF Trophee des Arts presentation at the Plaza hotel on December 09, 2010 in New York City.

Marc Jacobs came under fire after his spring/summer 17 show, which mostly had a white cast of models wearing pastel-colored dreadlocks, a look he originally said was inspired by his friend Lana Wachowski. Addressing the accusations of cultural appropriation, Jacobs responded by attempting to draw a comparison between white women wearing dreadlocks and women of color straightening their hair.

“Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing,” he wrote to his detractors. “Think about it.” He later apologized for that defense in a caption under text that read, “I HAVE READ ALL YOUR COMMENTS…”

Almost a year later, Jacobs has apologized for failing to acknowledge the history of dreadlocks, telling InStyle, “Maybe I’ve been insensitive.”

He added, “What I learned from that whole thing, what caused me to pause after it died down a little bit, was that maybe I just don’t have the language for this, or maybe I’ve been insensitive because I operate so inside my little bubble of fashion,” Jacobs said.

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