Selma Blair posted a photo on Instagram in a turban, or what she described as an “answer to your bad hair days.” Commenters are calling her out for cultural appropriation and instead of apologizing, Blair has decided to fight back.
The original selfie features Blair and her friend Rachel Fleit, who has alopecia, both wearing turbans. (Hair loss can also be a side effect of treatment for multiple sclerosis, which Blair is openly struggling with.)
“We have one answer to your bad hair days or NO hair days. #alopecia @rachelfleit … wraps! (oh, it’s been around for thousands of years…) . #rachelfleit #selma blair #glamour. #ediebeale inspiration pin. Maybe a little #normadesmond thrown in #shoeclips,” Blair captioned the photo, seeming to admit that the turbans were secured with shoe clips.
Blair’s comment section quickly lit up with accusations of cultural appropriation, followed by impassioned responses to her defense. “How can one wear that when the religious people who actually wears it gets so much ridicule?” one commenter asked. “Some are victims of racism and you’re wearing this as a fashion statement because you’re having a bad hair day? This is very very alarming and ignorant,” another agreed.
Fans jumped in to defend Blair (“You both look amazing, beautiful and inspiring”) while others said that her health issues make it OK for her to wear a turban. (“Well, thank goodness all these people came after a woman with alopecia crying ‘cultural appropriation.'”)
For her part, Blair is unmoved by the criticism. She even responded to one commenter claiming that since she personally hasn’t experienced any racism toward headscarf-wearing people, it doesn’t exist. “Not my fault. Enjoy a damn head scarf. I have never ridiculed or seen ridicule of anyone I know who wears a turban or scarf,” she said. “Covering one’s head is not appropriating anything.”
She even doubled down on her turban-wearing and posted a follow-up photo with her nine-year-old son, also dressed with a turban.
So that’s that on that. But while folks online debate this, no matter who you are you can support women of color who make turbans. Model Halima Aden just dropped a headscarf collection at online modest fashion destination Modanisa. Her turbans come pre-tied, but if you like to finesse a headscarf on your own, The Wrap Life and Wrap Queen both have tons of gorgeous options.
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