"I don't know fashion, but I know what I don't like."
This could be the rallying cry for the storm that clothing brand J. Crew faced recently. Like many clothing giants, they rely on models to show off their garments. As you'd imagine, these photo shoots lead to some interesting artistic choices. One particular artistic choice is something that J. Crew instantly regretted.
J. Crew was called out for the way they chose to present this model's hair. The person who initially called them out wasn't alone in her feelings. Her post received over 10,000 retweets and 20,000 likes.
Remember when I asked you to take a moment to let that image sink in? Did you feel like her tousled hair was done on purpose to give it an intentional messy look? Some were outraged, feeling like the stylist on set neglected her hair.
To lend credit to their argument of potential hair styling neglect, that wasn't a single image of messy hair after a long day. Other photos from that shoot surfaced. It appears this was the look they envisioned for some reason.
Yeah, their hair doesn't look that great either. This is definitely evidence that the decision for that model's hair was indeed a decision and not neglect. But this didn't stop others from complaining.
However, this wasn't the only African American model that J. Crew inexplicably gave an Einstein look, causing the controversy to swirl further. Amidst all the outrage, J. Crew finally chimed in. They offered an apology.
A representative on Twitter bore the brunt of backlash. They wrote:
"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."
They wanted to know if the person behind this messy hair mess was a person of color. Did they have experience with ethnic hair, or was this a newer stylist's best guess? J. Crew hasn't responded to these comments.
The internet isn't all outrage, however. The other thing it does best is make with the funny, and they didn't disappoint here. That hair looks way cooler all of a sudden, and it reminds us of one of the lessons we learned watching Dragon Ball Z: it's okay to take a break now and then.