Marc Jacobs has vowed to keep “listening and learning” after he was called out in a social media post for cultural appropriation.
Back in 2016, the designer caused controversy when models including Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk wore hand-dyed wool dreadlocks during his show held as part of New York Fashion Week.
Jacobs was heavily criticised at the time, and was again chastised when he recently commented on an Instagram post uploaded by fashion watchdog account, Diet Prada.
After viewing the video of Kyla Lacey for Write About Now Poetry, the 57-year-old praised the performance, which discussed white privilege.
“I’m listening. I’m learning. This poem, and this human is extraordinary in every way,” Jacobs wrote, before he was called out by several followers in the comments section.
“We need to know what you do once you’ve HEARD. listening is not enough,” one stated, while another asked: “Didn’t one of your seasons appropriate black culture? Remember the dreads? The black community does.”
“I made a mistake. I didn’t listen when I was being corrected,” Jacobs replied. “I was insensitive and wrong with my response. I know better know. I keep listening and learning.”
The fashion star also responded to a comment which asked him to expand the foundation shades in his Marc Jacobs Beauty line.
“We have expanded our shade range. We did that two years ago. Thank you for sharing your comments. I promise you I am doing my all I can to be a better allie (sic),” he added.
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