When Teen Vogue Beauty & Health director Elaine Welteroth wrote about getting Senegalese twists while on vacation in Rwanda, she unwittingly caused a firestorm of controversy about the magazine’s choice of models for the article.
The online version of the article featured images of Welteroth herself (who is African-American)…
…but the article that appeared in the print-version of the magazine showed more images of Caucasian or light-skinned POC sporting the braided hairstyle. This pissed a lot of people off:
It was not hard to find a Black model that would have worn the style better and would have not hurt feelings.— jo | lee | sa (@JOJOTHAJAWN) June 22, 2015
All the controversy prompted Welteroth to write a follow-up article: Why This Teen Vogue Beauty Story Started an Important Conversation About Race, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will change anyone’s mind about Teen Vogue.
What do you think?