Blackhair Magazine ‘Accidentally’ Has White Cover Model

You read right. Black Hair Magazine ‘Accidentally’ Has White Cover Model. I’m not sure how you accidentally have a white cover model. I had to check the sources on that one. Publications have been featuring white women in fros and braids with little or no apologize at all.  No big deal, I guess.

Tell me in the Comment Section: Is an apology necessary in this situation?

white-model-on-blackhair-magazine-emily-badorThis maybe the first apology for featuring a non-black or mixed raced model.

Black Hair Magazine is an international bi-monthly publication for “the style conscious black woman,” per according to its Facebook page. December 2016/January 2017 issue cover features white model, Emily Bador with teased  hair.

London-based model Emily Bador apologized to her fans and the readers of Blackhair via InstagramSee below. It seems that the publication was unaware until Bador issued an initial statement.

Later, BlackHair Magazine issued an apology on their Facebook page.

Dear Readers

This morning it was brought to our attention that the model gracing our December/January issue is not of black or mixed-race heritage. We were obviously not aware of this prior to selecting the image. We often ask PR companies/salons to submit images for the magazine, specifically stating that models must be Black or mixed race. We can only take their word for it, and of course, try to use our own judgment.

At Blackhair we continuously strive to celebrate black women in all our beautiful variation of skin hues and hair textures. We are keenly aware of how black women are underrepresented in the mainstream media and the last thing we want to do is add to our erasure. In this ever-changing world, race will surely become even more fluid and no doubt conversations around Black identity will continue to change, and we definitely welcome the dialogue.

Thank you to Emily Bador for bringing this to our attention, we really appreciate your honesty. And we also thank our dear readers for your continued support, we don’t take any of it for granted and therefore welcome any emails, messages, tweets you have on this subject and others.

Enjoy your Monday

Blackhair Editor

I would deeply and sincerely like to apologise to every one for this, and black women especially. I would like to clarify, I believe this shoot is from when I was around 15 and didn’t understand cultural appropriation or the impact it has on POC. I was uneducated, which obviously is no excuse, ignorant and immature. Growing up in a very very white city, I had no idea the struggles black women face and how often they were persecuted for their hair. I didn’t understand how black women are constantly told their natural hair is inappropriate/unprofessional for the work place, or how young girls are told they can’t go to school with natural hair. I didn’t understand that shoots like this support the very Eurocentric beauty standard that the mainstream media focus on which reinforce the idea that black features are only ok on white women. I didn’t understand that as a white passing woman I’d be praised for this hair, but if I was a black woman I’d be persecuted. I didn’t understand cultural appropriation. ✨ I do regret doing this. I hold up my hands, I’m so so so sorry and I’m very sorry this cover was taken away from a black woman. This image is (I think, although I’m not 100% sure) about 3/4 years old, it was never intended to be on the cover of this magazine. If I had known it was going to be published, I would never have condoned it. I’m upset and angry I was never asked by the photographer/hair salon/anyone if this image could be used for the cover Black Hair. ✨ I’m so glad I’ve educated myself and surrounded my self with people to teach me what is right and wrong. I constantly am learning and becoming more and more informed. It’s important to come forward and be honest with ourselves about our past mistakes, otherwise we will never learn. Again, I’m truly, deeply sorry to anyone I’ve offended and I hope if nothing else this post can educated others so they don’t make similar mistakes. (also please let me know if I’ve said anything wrong or offensive in this post!!! or anything i can add!!!! i love u all sm and the last thing i want to do is offend or hurt any one, i really hope you don’t all think im a massive twat 😔)

A photo posted by e m i l y bador (@darth_bador) on Nov 20, 2016 at 7:42pm PST

Featured Image: Instagram


5 thoughts on “Blackhair Magazine ‘Accidentally’ Has White Cover Model

  1. Errol Crockett

    Aren’t we all used to it by now? Egyptian images, Native American images, Biblical images, have all been mis-appropriated and revised for a long time now.

    Most of us don’t even think twice when we see a “so called picture” of Jesus and he looks like one of the Bee Gees.

    Don’t expect this to stop anytime soon. It wasn’t a mistake.

    1. Christine Wiley

      I agree this is nothing new and the only reason people making a big thing out of it is because the white girl said something if she didn’t no one would have known. Also I feared this might happen like as soon as we started to appreciate our skin and hair people of other race was gone jump on our bandwagon for the perks and benefits. Kim k braids and Miley twerking to a white bitch rapping that ain’t never been down. It’s like what ever we do they want to put they name on it. We can’t never have something and keep it and if we tell others it’s culture appropriation they turn around and call us racist or say we don’t own the style or words that we have created. For example slang was a language we used to keep shit from the whites because they raped ours out of us and they wanted to know what we were talking about so bad they created a dictionary. Now everyone is talking slang. Having a big butt is the thing for white girls now and having full lips. And the close too you go one Google and look up urban fashion it’s nothing but whites in hip-hop inspired clothing. It pisses me off

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  3. Christine Wiley

    We can’t never have something and keep it and if we tell others it’s culture appropriation they turn around and call us racist or say we don’t own the style or words that we have created. I hate that we have created so much just to let the white man steal it. And if I sound racist get over it cause I’m unapologetically black and proud of it just so tired of others making claim on black culture


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