Marc Jacobs is accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ after sending white models including Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid down the catwalk with fake dreadlocks
Many people online have blasted Marc Jacobs for the move, accusing the brand of cultural appropriation.
‘Dreadlocks are part of black culture, something you have no business trying to sell or appropriate. Do better,’ wrote Twitter user Maia.
But some furious Tweeters claimed that white people should be banned from wearing dreadlocks altogether.
In Ancient Greece, kouros sculptures from the Archaic period depict men wearing dreadlocks, while Spartan hoplites (generally described as fair-haired) wore formal locks as part of their battle dress. Spartan magistrates known as Ephors also wore their hair braided in long locks, an Archaic Greek tradition that was steadily abandoned in other Greek kingdoms. The style was worn by Ancient Christian Ascetics, and the Dervishes of Islam, among others. Some of the very earliest Christians also may have worn this hairstyle; there are descriptions of James the Just, first Bishop of Jerusalem, who is said to have worn them to his ankles.
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