Victoria Secret And ASOS Get Dragged For The Way They Styled This Black Model’s Relaxed Hair

Black Twitter is the mvp online. From poignant hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter to hilarious ones that have us rolling like #blacksalonproblems. But you don’t want black twitter to be mad at you. Really you don’t. Just ask Shea moisture, Kendell Jenner, Vicki Johe, Remy Ma, Pepsi… the list goes on.

Recently black twitter came for Victoria Secret for how they styled the model Zuri Tibby’s relaxed hair. The tweet that started it all was by user @CrowedByChina, the tweet has since been deleted but not before receiving over 5000 retweets:

Black lives matter! Say her name! We gotta help sis out!!! VICTORIA GOT SIS F****D UP! pic.twitter.com/V0JSNOnPgw

— SoulFUL Sunflower. (@CrownedByChina) June 6, 2017

The tweet was probably deleted for using the term “black lives matter” in jest when commonly it’s used for matters of police brutality which is no laughing matter. Yet as always with black twitter, people ran with the theme calling out other brands. ASOS was next:


Here are some of the sentiments echoed in the post:

Still, to be fair some of the hairstyles of the model on Victoria Secret’s site are actually pretty cute.

What do you think, are they wrong for calling out Victoria Secret for the hairstyles?

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Twana Chazulle

    Damn…. nowadays everything pushes someone’s button…. are there just morons out there waiting to complain?shut the bleep up and enjoy your life…. if she’s ok with it I don’t give a s**t… she’s not sharing her check with me!!!!!

    1. Jai Trineice

      Probably just starting out and didn’t want to risk losing this gig so she just kept her mouth shut.

    2. Candice Dickerson

      I agree she seems quite unbothered and it’s her hair looking a mess, it’s not mine so I’m definitely not bothered ????

    3. Slim Brooks

      Her ass could’ve brought some Flat irons, shampoo conditioner from Target or Walmart. Her ass knew she was gone be on camera Monday at 7am ????

    4. Sophronia Sang

      No way in hell I’m going to allow a company to put me out there with a 1-year old looking perm in my head while experiencing severe breakage. That’s what it looks like. New to the industry or not, don’t ever sit silent while been made a mockery of.

    5. Doris Babay Hines

      Right! U can’t pay me enough as a black woman to embarrass myself or the black community doing something like that, i dont care if im a new model or a big name. Smh

    6. Arlene Delice

      You’re a model and should never be off guard even on vacation, your body is your ???? hello

    7. Lia Blain

      She can’t argue with the photographer about his/her vision. They are paying for her to look how they want her too.

    8. Sophronia Sang

      She is not the first black model to work for VS and VS models’ hair don’t look like that in their catalogues. This was a total fail for her and the stylist.

    9. Sarah Bella

      Models don’t have the luxury of changing their hair on set. There are hair and makeup artists that are paid a lot of money to create your look, and they get offended if you try to alter their “vision”. Models get in trouble if they try to sneak in the bathroom and change anything. So it’s not her fault. She’s just being professional and doing what she is paid to do – posing and modeling. The hair stylist was clearly not capable of working with all hair types, which is sadly common in the industry.

  2. Mia Sydney

    Same thing i said! She’s black so she knows black women wld be pissed she’s out here looking a hot ass mess!

  3. Tiffany Grant

    The average black women i know including myself would have gotten them together for the mere thought of attempting to portray this image.this looks like someone just getting out of bed…and most even wake up with hair more in tact…smh…im equally offended with her allowing this.

  4. Floretry Flore

    So if the model wants to look like that it’s on her…gimme a break…so you mean to tell me that these seel out models can’t speak up and combine their own hair or speak up……the money is that deep…deeper than your self respect and worth and dignity????? I would rather not take the pic or find another agency…create my own agency…it’s 2017….where is the black girl magic????

    1. Holly Jaycie

      Okay, but I’m sure those prison workers appreciate that they’re able to a do job. What else would they do? Twiddle their thumbs? They’re not forced to participate. They have to sign up and be approved.

    2. Ashera J. Powell

      Let me shed a little light on why using a prison system workforce is not good:
      1)These prison workers get about 75 cents per hour…maybe more but not that much more. VS is still able to sell that bra for $30, $40 more or less. WE THE CONSUMER pay the cost while VS LOWERS THEIR COST to make the product. That’s a win for VS.
      2)Since VS is paying for cheap labor, that means that WE AMERICANS WHO NEED A JOB WITH BENEFITS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR HOME AND FAMILIES CANNOT get that job. Another win for VS.
      3)If VS pays the prison workers a minimum wage with benefits maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Perhaps, the prisoner’s kids or families could benefit from their earnings and benefits. BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE! Another win for VS!
      3)VS is not the only major player that USES a prison workforce. BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER!
      Last point, the model is beautiful! Maybe if they had put her in a bed or sofa relaxing it would justify her hair. My hair looks similar when I’m chilling around the house or working out. VS knew what they were doing and so do I!

    3. Holly Jaycie

      Oh, I absolutely agree about the fact that she is beautiful. And yes I agree how we all look around the house. There’s no argument there. Never was.
      But allow ME to shed some light.
      1) I’m 99% sure that at least one arrival of clothing you’re wearing is from China. So let’s not pretend like hard labor effects whether you’ll wear it or not.
      2) A workforce does NOT mean forced work. If they don’t want to they don’t HAVE to. They can easily get involved with other inmate drama/gang activity. Or perhaps, look out of their tiny windows instead.
      3) Prisoners look forward to outlets such as these. It keeps them occupied and out of trouble. I had a family member tell me they couldn’t wait for the 8 days until they made work release.
      4) That $$ can go towards their family. (Stamps, commecary, trades, eventually, a phone call).

      Not one being is hurt in the making.
      Can you say that for anything you’re wearing made from China???? We have no idea what they make, how long they HAVE to work, what the work conditions are period.

  5. Dionne Williams

    She let them do it didn’t she..there is no way..i would have fixed it myself before I let them even snap…

  6. Kyli Rae

    I look at it like this the girl get paid aint no way in hell she cant go find a salon thats gone hook her up with a bad a sew in or wig she knew what she was doing

  7. Kim Braxton

    I’m pretty sure she was happy to have booked a job, HOWEVER, she should have NEVER ALLOWED them to send her out like that. Nobody is talking about her print pictures or her killer smile, EVERYONE is talking about how they styled her RELAXED hair!!! They could have flat ironed her hair. If she was wearing her natural hair and they had trouble, I could see that, but her hair is relaxed so they could have slicked her down, add some pieces or given her a BOMB a$$ ponytail. Even if they were going for the messy, tussled look, that look could have been achieved in a more uniformed fashion. They dropped the ball & so did she for not saying anything. #BlackHairMatters

  8. Ariel Cummings

    Why are we blaming her for doing her job? You know damn well most of you don’t even talk to your customers the way you talk to people in these comments so how do you think she was going to talk to her employer that way. It makes me sad to see that you’d rather Bash one of your own then be angry at the corporation that did it to her.

    1. Kim Yvette Johnson

      From what I see the fashion industry is cutthroat. They would fire you in a minute. Her ass ain’t A list, demanding they fix her hair or else. Please, they would black list her in a minute.

    2. Shawnetta Jones

      Exactly. Up and coming models don’t get to come into a shoot and tell anyone how to do anything. Have these people never seen top model. If Tyra want your head shaved shut up and break out the clippers. This model is not a super model so her control is abysmal. She does what she’s told to get that check. Jacked hair and all.

    3. Michele Williams

      Standing up and being a woman is wat it’s called. Get outta here. You wouldn’t portray me or my hair that way.

    4. Ariel Cummings

      Until you walk in her shoes I suggest you keep your mouth shut on other people struggles I’m willing to bet you had jobs where you let something slide period it’s a job is not who she is and no one asked her to be the poster child of Black America

    5. Ariel Cummings

      Why are you not mad at Victoria’s Secret? Because if it wasn’t her it would be a different model and if it wasn’t that model it would be another model it starts and ends with the corporation not with people losing their job.

    6. Jamila Kelly

      It kinda is on her. This is a job that maybe she really needed. She could have walked away. Yeah she might have ended her career, but beats black people jumping on you for…well.. something that doesn’t involve anyone else anyway :/. So over seeing people get upset over hair like its not our hair and outs not our career so let’s just leave her alone. sheesh. Hair is irrelevant in so many ways i really don’t think it has anything to do with modeling.

    7. Ariel Cummings

      Of course Deonna Brown because you totally Know This Woman’s life story you know if she has a family to support, or if she has a rent that needs to be paid. because you know everyone in every situation put what they want before what their employer wants.,every single day that’s how everyone keeps their job. But you go ahead and keep shopping at Victoria’s Secret the real problem and just try to make it this girl’s fault.

  9. Jai Bacote

    1. Jai Trineice already stated, the model was probably just starting out and didn’t want to losing the gig.

    2. If she complained or was unprofessional, she probably wouldn’t get any more work. Just how we have to play nice to keep our job, so does she.

    3. Are we just gonna complain or provide some options for black/WOC?

    We have to start providing options instead of just complaining or “dragging” on social media. If you know a company needing models, hook it up then. Let’s start building…little by little and not put alllll out business out there b/c culture vultures are circling waiting to steal and kill.

  10. Michelle McKay

    Please don’t sell out for any company, you should of came in with your hair laid and slayed, this right here is humiliating

  11. Huvie Joe

    I dont see wats wrong with it; they went for that messy look shes cute as hell

  12. Brittany Tackett

    I saw this girl on their website a couple days ago & I thought that little side braid was adorable ! natural is beautiful !❤️

  13. Terry Matthews

    She’s still beautiful no matter how they tried to make her look. In my opinion she looked better than the white models that were all made up

  14. Tamika Birmingham

    I don’t see how there was much she could do about it. Once “styled” she probably had to jump out there and smize for the camera. They did her like buzzfeed did those other black women. It got our attention now we can drag this company for purposefully sabotaging this black model.

  15. Cassandra Bartee

    A messy look is one thing, THIS looks intentionally not combed or brushed at all. Again, an overall message that black is & will never be beautiful.

  16. Shawnetta Jones

    Her smile is screaming this hair is jacked. She looks fake happy, honestly. That’s a forced smile if I’ve ever seen one. Deep down she steaming lol.

  17. Nancy Olivier

    Ohh wow, I guess they should have slapped a wig on and call it a day for people to be happy. Homegirl is getting paid to look like that without the hair pooling and manipulating. I love it… make that money girl !!

  18. Kasey Harrell

    Thats her natural hair. No one does their hair before going swimming. Over the past years VS has been trying for a more laid back natural look.

    1. Holly Jaycie

      Show me what VS has been doing that’s “more natural”. Kasey Harrell her hair is relaxed. Relaxed is not natural. Her hair is jainky and they should have NEVER allowed her to even be photographed like that. They should have fixed her hair just like every other girl they’ve ever photographed.

    2. Carrensha Hayes

      I wasn’t. Just letting you know that’s not what natural means. Natural means completely free of chemicals and in its natural state which hers is not.

    3. Elayna Lauck

      VS models have been given the opportunity to say how they want their hair to look like now. They’ve been given free well to style their own hair, or have it styled by somebody. Some women have chosen to just pull their hair back and let it do whatever it wants while they model. If this is how this female wanted her hair to look, then she has a right to wear it like that and model. It floors me to think that some females commenting would be judging this woman for being comfortable and feeling beautiful just the way she is. Why does she have to have her hair fixed? If she’s happy, how can you all not be happy for her?

    4. Johnella Marius

      It was pretty clear she meant in a “natural” unstyled manner, as opposed to natural chemically unaltered hair ????

    5. Kasey Harrell

      That’s your opinion. Her hair is in a “more” natural state without extensions even though it’s relaxed. A ton of VS models have been wearing their hair to the “actual” definition of natural. Maybe the model is transitioning her hair texture. The model chose to take the photos. It’s done with and getting bent out of shape about it gets you no where.

    6. Carrensha Hayes

      It’s not really an opinion it’s a fact. Natural means chemically unaltered. When someone asks what’s natural and you say no extensions, that doesn’t mean it’s natural. Not arguing. Just letting you know that’s not the same thing.

    7. Sandra Rivera

      She looks like she was swimming all day and put her relaxed hair in a bun or a braid . It might not be natural but it’s realistic.

    8. Liz Tisdale

      I thought the same thing until I saw the other models you can tell it was curled and styled. The could’ve at least put it in a ponytail it braid it it down seeing that’s how most of us wear our hair when we are going swimming etc

  19. Tyara Nielsen

    I see people saying it’s her natural hair and yes that is true it’s not always necessary to have 26 inches dripping but her hair should have been presentable not looking like she just rolled straight out of bed.

    1. Catrina Marks

      Every other model has similar bed head. I see nothing wrong with her hair, she’s beautiful.

  20. Shay Azodoh

    Obviously it’s her choice, she is old enough to speak up for herself. She deserves to look like a picaninny for allowing the stylists to sabotage her .

    1. Geraynah Whitlock

      LOL exactly. That hair is not okay. And furthermore the article says relaxed hair. They just satisfied with us looking any ol’ way. Not I said the cat.

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