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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

J.Crew Apologizes For Ad Featuring “All-Natural” Black Model With Uncombed Hair

Model Marihenny featured in a J Crew ad with uncombed hair

Black Dominican model, Marihenny Rivera, was recently featured in a J. Crew ad with uncombed hair

Nationwide — A recent ad from J. Crew that featured Black Dominican model, Marihenny Rivera, with unkempt hair was heavily criticized on Black Twitter. The comments were basically saying that it is offensive for J.Crew to think that for a Black woman to go all-natural simply means that she doesn’t brush or comb her hair.  The company, however, has released a public apology.

Their statement as posted on their Twitter account reads:

J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused. We assure you that we are taking steps to address it, and to prevent this from happening again.

From the photo, it does seem to appear that J.Crew’s stylists didn’t even try to do anything with the model’s hair before photographing her. Several Black influentials have pointed out that Black women with all-natural hair styles can certainly be presented in a professional way.

Other pictures of the model on her Instagram page prove this to be true. Those interested can follow her at @Marihenny