"Last week, the internet was in an uproar about a J. Crew/Madewell ad featuring Dominican model Mari Henny Pasible. Everyone swore that J.Crew had dropped the ball in their incapability to hire a stylist who knew what to do with Black hair. I mean people were outraged, making jokes about wanting to fight the clothing company for allowing this Black woman to look “bad,” in a nationally disseminated ad campaign.
|Model Mari Henny Pasible J. Crew|
The whole J. Crew discussion reminded me of another one I had with real friends--or friends of friends rather. In a moment of candid conversation, they asked me my advice on what to do with a friend who was wearing her natural hair in a way they deemed “unkempt.” With genuine concern, they said, “I mean, I’m all for her embracing her natural texture but it needs to be styled differently. Why can’t she do something else with it?”
This is not the first time a company has disrespect a women of colors hair. There is no reason why a person who is capable to style this young ladies hair was not used. We wish we could say this was not a black stylist but there are some black stylist who would've done the same thing or worse. Bottom line this young lady should have taken responsibility for her look and objected when she looked in the mirror. Only you have ownership over you and that includes your tresses ladies!