Marc Jacobs Finds Himself In Yet Another Cultural Appropriation Scandal At This Years NYFW

Marc Jacobs

I swear I am so tired of Marc and his shenanigans! Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week with his highly anticipate runway show last week and everybody is talking about it.

From the reports the show was awesome but what really got people talking was the hair. Marc decided to do his usual cultural appropriation thing where his models wore color dread locs but instead of using black women with real locs he used white women with yarn or some sort of material.

Would some people call it edgy? Yes, but in a sort of “let’s mimic black people and their styles” and then tell the press that you got inspired by “many different” inspirations including, Boy George, and Marilyn Manson.

“But as with any hairstyle for a fashion show, we look at tons of references,” he told Allure, “so the look ends up being a result of many different inspirations and cultural references,” a list that included musician Boy George and Marilyn Manson, ’80s club kids, Japanese Harajuku girls, and ravers. “It’s never about just looking at one thing or one reference point—it’s a melting pot of ideas.”

Sure Marc!
Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 Runway Show - Backstage

To add insult to injury Marc was called out about his cultural appropriation antics and you will not believe the level of ignorance he came back with to justify his position:

Marc JAcobs

So not only are we ‘narrow minded’ but we should be criticized for using a flat iron? Unlike locs, bantu knots and other styles that Marc Jacobs does on his models without any mention of the actual culture it comes from, straight hair does not belong to white folk.

I think it is actually very silly to always write about this year after year. Why is it so hard people to say, I am wearing cornrows and not change it to boxer braids or for black women to rock French braids and actually say “French Braids”. (Which we do by the way)

In retrospect, it is my opinion that despite what Marc said on Instagram I believe that he does this stuff for attention. He is very aware of the backlash he received with the ‘mini buns’ and chances are the extra media attention helped him and his brand. As backward as that sounds, people do it all the time.

You see Marc is only a part of the problem, another big issue is this article that I am writing giving him free attention. Or when I look in my beauty cabinet and see my favourite Marc Jacobs perfume in there sitting pretty. Next year it will be something else and we will be doing this all over again and old man Marc will sit at home in a French robe listening to Missy Elliot, repeating to himself “All press is good press”!- Over and over and over again!

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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  1. Jammin Jay

    It’s just a hairstyle I don’t know why such an issue has to be made from this

    1. Annie Gk

      It is not “just hairstyle” when blck people with real locs get refused jobs also locs is part of a culture (rastafarian for exemple)

      1. ladee neenah

        So what do you think about people who get faux locs? Is that okay even though to them its just a hair style? I understand being frustrated that he didn’t acknowledge that the style is mainly worn by POC, that is a valid argument, but if the issue is cultural appropriation then you would also have to address those of us who also consider it to be just a hairstyle.

    2. Jammin Jay

      At the end of the day it is just a hairstyle and that’s why it’s used in this fashion show. If people are not being offered jobs because they choose to have their hair a certain way, then it says more about the employers ignorance and racist outlook.

    3. Lydia Love

      Having dreadlocks is not exclusive of black culture and rastafarian culture. It is literally just a hairstyle.

    4. Qhama Kana

      The point of this is not that he can’t put dreadlocks on his models. The point is that he used white women as ‘inspirations’ for the dreads and completely removed people of colour from this.

    5. Jammin Jay

      And our point is that he doesn’t have to use black models just because the hairstyle he used is mostly recognised within the black community. The world should embrace diversity rather then challenge it. Many cultures have now adopted a ‘western/European’ style into their lives, is that wrong also?

    6. Jammin Jay

      Just because a hairstyle is mostly associated with a certain culture and race doesn’t mean it’s exclusive to them. Many cultures adopt a ‘western/European’ style and apparently that’s fine. Why is this any different?

    7. Jammin Jay

      Although there are many sites and books etc that explain about dreadlocks I thought this one would be the best to get the point across. I’m sure once read many people might change their outlook on this hairstyle and understand that it’s a diverse hairstyle that’s been used around the world for 1000’s of years.

    8. Lydia Love

      Lia I’m not senseless you seem to have no idea about the history of dreadlocks or realise that Rastafarianism only started in the 20th century. Dreadlocks have been around far longer than that and as Jammin Jay has shown it stems from many other cultures not from black people.
      It’s not exclusive to people for people of colour. White people are allowed dreadlocks just as much as anyone else. It’s not a style owned by black people I’ve got loads of friends with dreads, black and white and they’re all mates together and don’t use this nonsense attitude to oppress each others choice of hairstyle. How many black people with dreads are actually rastas ? The majority I know just have the hairstyle as fashion, nothing to do with their beliefs.
      If you think your people invented dreadlocks and exclusively own them your deluded

    9. Lia Burchell-Smith

      I won’t argue with the ignorant. I simply just don’t have time for it. I will say this however, I am Jamaican, born and raised. Why is that relevant ?? 90% of the people I know (family, friends etc) have dreadlocks because they are of Rastafarian faith… They don’t just loc their hair because it looks good. <--- ( How many ppl do I know with locs are actually rastas) So Yea, before u come on here n spill bullshit talking about locs aren't indigenous to black people, please state facts from a reputable source, NOT WIKIPEDIA. Also, just to be petty I might add, dread locs on Caucasian individuals look ATROCIOUS! They look utterly disgusting and unfitting because that particular "hairstyle" as you call it was never meant for the Caucasian hair texture. You obviously missed the entire point of the post because you and many others are apart of the problem. Patiently waiting for someone to tell me straight hair is a Caucasian feature, and black women are appropriating when they wear weave ????????????

    10. Lydia Love

      Might have got the information from Wikipedia but you’re choosing to ignore that the information is out there to know it’s origins is not just in black culture. What about the Greeks and vikings and Indians?
      You’re outright cussing white People for having a hairstyle. You’re so rude thinking you own it. Get a grip. It’s unbelievable. You’re talking about a minority of people who have dreads. But also, what about white people who are rastas….or are they not allowed?

    11. Lydia Love

      And no black women can have weave and “Caucasian” hair if they want because it’s JUST A HAIRSTYLE it doesn’t belong to anyone it’s just hair.
      Same as clothing styles, food preferences etc etc don’t make an issue and stereotype yourself

    12. Lydia Love

      I understand in Jamaica Rastafarianism is prevalent so for you the majority of people you know might have locks due to religion but once you branch out over the world it becomes less for that reason and a lot of the time for fashion

    13. Louise Atkins

      Lia Burchell-Smith I do hope none of your Caucasian friends decide to have dreads or guessing that will be GAMEOVER! ???? JOKER

    14. Louise Atkins

      Lia Burchell-Smith Lia Burchell-Smith I do hope none of your Caucasian friends decide to have dreads or guessing that will be GAMEOVER! ???? JOKER

    15. Jammin Jay

      The funny thing is Marc Jacobs actually used people of all different races including black women in his fashion show. The writer of this article obviously didn’t do her job properly and has incited an argument and as I can see by certain people on here you’ve fallen for her crap.

    16. Rochelle Myrie

      Id take her seriously if she didn’t have straight weave… That’s so European! It’s like she’s jealous because dreads aren’t exclusively a black/Rasta hairstyle and doesn’t see the irony in wearing her hair like that?! If a European cussed her out for wearing her hair like that she’d be crying racism. People need to stop being so hateful! Next white people won’t be allowed to smoke or listen to reggae!!

  2. Dy McCaskill

    Black women who wear Brazilian, Malaysian SILKY 20″ weave are appropriating Caucasian hair each day its worn! is that too a scandal? jeez!

    1. Lisa Taylor

      Really! We were programmed to fit in society so we had to conform to keep jobs and be on cheerleading team that did not allow braids or natural. So its problem when we wear our own hair but white can copy and its cuts.

    2. Reka Jemm

      Well if it’s Malaysian hair, then how is it white if it didn’t come from a white person? Also a lot of weave comes from India, more people that are not white. Ijs.

  3. Louise Atkins

    Firstly I question the way in which this has been published. The media report what they WANT TO REPORT. So that people become hostile towards one another, debating over this when there are bigger things happening in our world. It appears Marc Jacobs is expressing that in Art, there are no boundaries! That is exactly how it should be.
    Art does not hold ownership, it is creative for a reason, free thinking, no rules. For music, acting, painting, fashion there aren’t really any constraints. It is us as people who put those constraints in place. With opinions, and obsessions of possession. I would always question what I am reading and who in which wrote it. We are human beings, not determined by our race, colour or how we wear our hair.

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