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skai jackson defends colored hair at nyfw


While it seems that everyone from Jenifer Lewis to Kelly Rowland had some criticism for Cardi B and Nicki Minaj and their infamous footwear fight at NYFW, others had time to catch feelings over a young actress’s hair color. Skai Jackson who is famous for her role as “Zuri” on Disney series Jessie and Bunk’d rocked several playful looks for her front row appearances at selected fashion shows. Teen Vogue reports Jackson rocked a pink sequin skirt to the Escada show with a bubblegum pink wig to match. For the BoF500 gala, Jackson paired a emerald bob with with an ivory Sara Battaglia suit. Unfortunately, social media didn’t respond well to Jackson’s fashion and beauty risks and decided to offer their unsolicited opinions on her style:

“Am I the only one who thinks about the Oompa Loompa when I see this hair color?? 😂”

“Make up? NO! Wig? NO!”

“This look is not for u …it makes u look stupid as u already are🤦🏽‍♀️‼️💅🏾”

Luckily, Jackson’s Instagram comments were mostly filled with positivity encouraging the 16-year-old’s experimentation with fashion and beauty if not totally stanning for her style. Jackson even responded with a few clapbacks of her own reassuring trolls that she was unbothered saying, “Does it look like I care what people say?”

While dropping the details on her busy social calendar at this year’s NYFW, the actress addressed the hate with Teen Vogue and shared that fans are having a hard time accepting that she is no longer the little girl on the Band-Aid commercial and is indeed a “big kid now”:

“I was really surprised to see the comments on social media that were being said about my decision to try out a new hair color and style. Some people thought that pink hair was not age appropriate for me or that it didn’t match my skin color, which I found very confusing.”

“I know it’s hard to believe that I’m no longer the young ‘Zuri’ everyone has grown to love, which I truly appreciate, but like every young lady, I’m growing, I’m maturing and finding myself at 16 years old discovering the joys and pains of the world we live in.”

Jackson is not new to this and is used to bringing the fierce fashion and beauty to NYFW front row. Last season she sat front row at every major show including Prabal Gurung and Tibi, while launching her very own collection “Nowadays.” This year was no different, and while haters were roasting and posting on-line, Jackson was posted up on the red carpet  Escada’s 40th anniversary celebration as well as the Business of Fashion’s 500 Gala where she interviewed Tommy Hilfiger and photographer Petra Collins:

“I hadn’t realized that Escada had never had a major fashion show before on the fashion calendar. So, I was super excited to attend their first show in New York City and join them in celebrating their 40th-year anniversary.”

“I love those fashion moments when everything just comes together. I had no idea that pink would be a major inspiration color for the show and set. As you can see, I had the hair to match. Everyone kept asking if I had planned it purposely.”

“I felt very lucky to be asked by Business of Fashion to not only attend the 500 Gala, but to go on the red carpet as a reporter for Teen Vogue. I got to speak to some amazing industry insiders including Tommy Hilfiger, models Adut and Anok, and photographer Petra Collins, who I’m planning to work with in the future. I love how she empowers women in her work.”

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when women police one another’s fashion and beauty looks. Constructive criticism and expressing your opinion is one thing, but taking the time to post and spread negativity about another woman’s wig, shoes or eyeshadow when it is in no way inconveniencing you or interfering with your day is an absolute garbage move. Furthermore, unless you’re Giuliana Rancic or Kelly Osbourne, you’re coins are not increasing by insulting celebs’ style choices all day.

In the meantime, Jackson says she is going to continue living her best sombre lily colored life, and encourages others to do the same:

“I would only ask that before you throw shade, you stop and think about all the people who have ever said something negative about you or someone you love, and how that made you or them feel. Fashion is about trying out new things and having fun, and me and my stylist, Zadrian Smith, are going to keep doing just that. Pink hair for everyone!”

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