Is it problematic for white models to wear cornrows or “wigs like an Egyptian”? The answer is: “Sometimes; maybe; it depends.” What constitutes cultural appropriation is complex and nuanced.
In an apology, the stylist, Julien d’Ys, seemed to suggest that the wigs weren’t meant to be cornrows – a traditionally black hairstyle – but a nod to Egyptian pharaoh hair, to which the internet replied: why not use Egyptian models?
One good reason for that is that there aren’t any Ancient Egyptians around to be models. Partly because of time and partly because of the Arab conquest. The closest we’ve got to an indigenous culture there is the Coptic one which won’t fly well with the usual suspects who do the cultural monitoring.
On the other hand, you have bigots who seem to think it is clever to say things such as: “Non-white people wearing suits is cultural appropriation.”
By the standards of corn rows it is Luv. As is a Palestinian using English….