Bellami Hair wig company called out for making racist remarks about Jordyn Woods’ new hairdo

Bellami hair apologises after backlash over Jordyn Woods meme
Bellami hair apologises after backlash over Jordyn Woods meme
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Jordyn Woods returned to Instagram with new hair and a positive outlook after her publicised involvement in the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal.

She captioned the selfie: “If you are reading this…it means God has given you another day to wake up and be grateful and better than you were yesterday.”

Many of her followers commended her for being brave and moving on from the explosive negative drama that plagued her name for weeks.

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However, hair-care brand Bellami decided to post an insulting meme with Jordyn’s picture, poking fun at the fact that she’s not wearing hair extensions.

The meme read, “when Kylie Jenner stops paying for your lifestyle, including your hair extensions.” They captioned the insensitive post:"bad hair is just one betrayal away". 

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The company has since deleted the meme after widespread backlash, with social media users labeling them racist for implying that black women’s hair is “bad” somehow. 

Many people pointed out how Bellami rarely ever posts pictures of black models on their Instagram account, and the one time they do, it’s mocking black women's natural hair. 

“I guess the only time you post black women is when it’s time to insult them,” commented one woman.

READ MORE: Black = dirty, white = clean?! Dove lands in hot water over another offensive ad.

In a period when we are expecting beauty brands to step up their efforts to embrace and reflect the diverse women around them, the companies' Instagram post is disheartening.

The negative stereotypes run so deep that black girls in South Africa have even been experiencing discrimination in schools because of their hair. 

Recently, the Gauteng Education Department officials had to investigate a case of a grade nine student at Hyde Park High who was facing detention because of her afro. 

Her teacher allegedly said her hair was “too distracting and attention-grabbing,” according to The Citizen.

Actress Florence Masebe even took to Twitter, calling for a national hair policy so that black young women will not have to be apologetic about their hair anymore.

In response to the backlash, the hair company specialising in wigs and extensions posted an apology on its Instagram page.

They acknowledged that their post was unacceptable and insensitive, promising their followers that going forward they will be mindful of what they post. 

READ MORE: Are these racist and offensive designs just a ploy for luxury brands looking for more attention?

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