This week, readers of Teen Vogue blasted the magazine in Social Media for its feature on summer braids featuring Senagalese Twists a popular hairstyle worn by African Americans and black women in the diaspora. The style was invented in the francophone West African nation of Senegal.
Yet, the magazine’s feature did not include any brown or darker skinned models. That offended many who took to Twitter to express their outrage. You can see some sample tweets in USA Today’s feature HERE or The Grio’s HERE.
JJBraids‘ own Chelsea Social pointed out the disappointing feature last month when it was released in the digital online version of the magazine:
Glad to see wider audiences take note of the slight! For you who are regular readers and visitors to JJBraids, we thank you and are glad we can keep you up to date on all the latest styles, inspirations, ideas, news and social commentary of braids and the braiding community as represented in pop culture!
We even pointed out that Harper’s Bazaar too featured a how-to in our post about Cornrows being worn on the Runways this past Fashion Week but on NO black models.
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h/t The Grio and USA Today
Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt can be heard nightly at 8pm on DCRadio/WHUR 96.3HD4 on "Coming to America with Wayna and Friends. She is an editor at Techyaya.com, founder of the Digital Publiching Academy and JayJayGhatt.com where she teaches online creators how to navigate digital entrepreneurship and offers Do-It-For-You Blogging Service. She manages her lifestyle sites BellyitchBlog, Jenebaspeaks and JJBraids.com and is the founder of BlackWomenTech.com 200 Black Women in Tech On Twitter. Her biz podcast 10 Minute Podcast is available on iTunes and Player.fm. to Follow her on Twitter at @Jenebaspeaks. Buy her templates over at her legal and business templates on Etsy shop!