Celebri­ty big chop social media reveals are fun. They’re an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cel­e­brate black wom­en who dare to shave it all and rock their nat­u­ral tex­ture, which is still a very coun­ter cul­tur­al beau­ty move.

But mod­el Win­nie Har­low dis­ap­point­ing­ly and inex­plic­a­bly used her big chop reveal to throw shade at South Sudane­se mod­el Nyadak Thot, aka Duck­ie, and it wasn’t long before the big chop itself was over­shad­owed, and then total­ly eclipsed by the dra­ma that fol­lowed.

So how did this all start? 

Over the week­end Win­nie post­ed to Snapchat and Insta­gram reveal­ing her cute new cut. 

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Her sis­ter, also fea­tured in the week­end Snapchat, joked that her hair looked like a head full of curly fries. But the light­heart­ed­ness took a turn for the ugly when Win­nie pulled up a pho­to of Duck­ie from her Insta­gram account and cap­tioned it “LMFAO! WHAT ARE THOOOOOSEEEEE cau­li­flow­er ass head.” In the pho­to, Duck­ie is wear­ing her hair in a high pony­tail with nat­u­ral, curly edges. 

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Pho­to: Fameolous.com

Check out the lat­est @dinosaur_designs cam­paign we shot just before leav­ing AUS 🐞

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As the back­lash start­ed rolling in, Win­nie took to Snapchat to ‘apol­o­gize’. But odd­ly, fol­low­ing her apol­o­gy, she insist­ed on Insta­gram that the “cau­li­flow­er head” joke was direct­ed at her sis­ter, not Duck­ie, leav­ing many to won­der why Duckie’s pic­ture was even includ­ed in the exchange. 

“I know what it feels like to be forced to do a lot of things with your hair that you’re uncom­fort­able with. As a black wom­an in the indus­try and as a black wom­an peri­od, it’s hard to deal with your hair. Not a lot of peo­ple know how to deal with your hair. So please under­stand, from deep in my heart, I apol­o­gize if I hurt anyone’s feel­ings. I am human, I do crack jokes with my friends and fam­i­ly…”

Duck­ie respond­ed on Insta­gram, express­ing dis­ap­point­ment in Winnie’s behav­ior and reveal­ing that man­ag­ing her hair has been a chal­lenge of her mod­el­ing jour­ney.

“I remem­ber shoot­ing this Dinosaur Design cam­paign just before com­ing out here to the states. They called my agent at the time and asked if I was com­fort­able to shoot a cam­paign with my nat­u­ral hair. She already knew what I was think­ing but told me I need­ed to com­pro­mise some­times. I won’t lie, I was extreme­ly hes­i­tant. I’ve nev­er real­ly had a good expe­ri­ence with my nat­u­ral hair and mod­el­ling in Aus­tralia before. I remem­ber on top mod­el on one of the episodes I had to corn­row my own hair. I was extreme­ly upset and embar­rassed that they “didn’t know how” to corn­row my nat­u­ral hair when at the end of the day that’s their job. I sat in front of the mir­ror silent­ly cry­ing before my shoot doing my own hair, cam­eras rolling while all the oth­er girls had hair­styl­ists, shit scared I was going to get elim­i­nat­ed because a few “hair­styl­ists” didn’t know how to do their job. It’s not fun being bul­lied for some­thing you can’t con­trol and to have a top mod­el wom­an of colour who I thought encour­aged accep­tance and self love call me out for rock­ing my nat­u­ral hair, isn’t cool at all. Throw all the shade you want, but you played your­self with your cute lit­tle remark.”

I remem­ber shoot­ing this Dinosaur Design cam­paign just before com­ing out here to the states. They called my agent at the time and asked if I was com­fort­able to shoot a cam­paign with my nat­u­ral hair. She already knew what I was think­ing but told me I need­ed to com­pro­mise some­times. I won’t lie, I was extreme­ly hes­i­tant. I’ve nev­er real­ly had a good expe­ri­ence with my nat­u­ral hair and mod­el­ling in Aus­tralia before. I remem­ber on top mod­el on one of the episodes I had to corn­row my own hair. I was extreme­ly upset and embar­rassed that they “didn’t know how” to corn­row my nat­u­ral hair when at the end of the day that’s their job. I sat in front of the mir­ror silent­ly cry­ing before my shoot doing my own hair, cam­eras rolling while all the oth­er girls had hair­styl­ists, shit scared I was going to get elim­i­nat­ed because a few “hair­styl­ists” didn’t know how to do their job. It’s not fun being bul­lied for some­thing you can’t con­trol and to have a top mod­el wom­an of colour who I thought encour­aged accep­tance and self love call me out for rock­ing my nat­u­ral hair, isn’t cool at all. Throw all the shade you want, but you played your­self with your cute lit­tle remark.

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All of this is dis­ap­point­ing and frankly a lit­tle bizarre given that Winnie’s ‘thing’ is body accep­tance. As a high­ly vis­i­ble mod­el with vitiligo, Win­nie often speaks out again­st bul­ly­ing and the impor­tance of lov­ing the skin you’re in. Iron­ic, right? 

Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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52 Comments on "Winnie Harlow Reveals Her Big Chop… While Shading Another Black Model’s Hair"

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HeavnsGirl

Winnie’s an ass­hole. She was one on ANTM and she’s still one. Eff that basic hef­fa. If she didn’t have vitiligo, nobody would be talk­ing about her.

JenniMochi

Win­nie has been crap­py since ANTM. I was hap­py for her when she start­ed get­ting fan­mail from oth­er kids with her skin con­di­tion, but I knew that she was still gonna be the same shady mean girl from Top Mod­el. I’m just sur­prised it took peo­ple this long to see it.

AnonymousThouART

She has been crap­py since high school she had the rep­u­ta­tion of being less than friend­ly

bumper UK

I’m sor­ry, but look­ing like she does I am absolute­ly amazed that Win­nie would speak neg­a­tive­ly about anoth­er black mod­el, espe­cial­ly when Duck­ie could have been real­ly cru­el to her if she so chose. It just goes to show that Duck­ie is the big­ger per­son here and that some light skinned girls, no mat­ter how they look, still think they are more attrac­tive than a dark skinned girl! SMH!

Louise

There we go again! Real­ly? What does being light skinned have to do with it?!
She has a bad atti­tude that has noth­ing to do with her shade of brown!

LittleBabyBug Jones

but win­nie aint even light skinned though. she looks weird, with her skin con­di­tion, but light, she is not.

hamilj

Don’t come for my Duck­ie, that’s my girl. She’s gen­uine, pos­i­tive and inspi­ra­tional. Win­nie showed her true col­ors with this one.

Neva Shabazz

That’s my girl too. I’ve been fol­low­ing her since see­ing her audi­tion for ANTM Aus­tralia on her famous sister’s youtube chan­nel “Jamie & Nikki”. They are a tru­ly a hum­ble and beau­ti­ful fam­i­ly.

Kegz

Ever since top mod­el, I nev­er liked win­nie behav­iour

Yemi

Winnie’s non-apol­o­gy just reeks of imma­tu­ri­ty to me. None of us are per­fect and I’m sure we’ve all made offhand remarks about oth­er folks with­out con­sid­er­ing the impact of our words. But the mature thing for Win­nie to do would have been to apol­o­gize for being pet­ty and try­ing to shame anoth­er black wom­an about her looks, instead of fak­ing like she wasn’t mock­ing Duck­ie which she CLEARLY was. It just reads like she’s not that sor­ry about what she said but more con­cerned about try­ing to save face because she got called out. Like Duck­ie said, girl, we see you.

Itumeleng

I am so tired of this crap. Why am I not sur­prised that its an African wom­an they had to make fun of. There’s trend among West­ern blacks to be ‘black and proud’ but their caveat is at least I’m not African.

To my fel­low African sis­ters, hold your head up high. Lets rock our fab­u­lous 4C hair and coarse edges with pride.

La Bandita

Anti Black­ness is glob­al. It’s in Africa, South Amer­i­ca, Amer­i­ca, Europe etc., She was wrong and I for one apol­o­gize to African girls and ladies. Also, Duck­ie is beau­ti­ful as well.

maralondon

She’s not Black and Proud she’s Black and imma­ture. You just don’t behave that way if you have love for your­self as a Black per­son. Such a divi­sive com­ment.

Itumeleng

What part of my com­ment is divi­sive? Its a gen­er­al com­ment about a well known phrase, and very applic­a­ble in this case, and those I have per­son­al­ly seen over and over in real life. This just hap­pens to be a high pro­file case of it. Col­orism exists, and its African wom­en who usu­al­ly bear the brunt of this type of igno­rance.

Your com­ment is up there with white peo­ple say­ing racism is the pre­serve of the imma­ture indi­vid­u­al as opposed to an orga­nized sys­tem and endemic atti­tude towards dark­er skinned races.

THINK!

maralondon

I think you need to read your com­ment again. May­be you don’t mean it to sound divi­sive but it most defi­nate­ly is. This sit­u­a­tion is not one of racism but igno­rance because Win­nie hap­pens to be Black her­self direct­ing igno­rance towards anoth­er black female. Naomi Camp­bell her­self a dark skin mod­el treat­ed Tyra Banks hor­ri­bly when she was just start­ing out, it’s well doc­u­ment­ed. She has since matured and pub­licly apol­o­gised for her behav­iour in per­son to Tyra. Just for the record I’m not down with the white man’s def­i­n­i­tion of some­thing they cre­at­ed.

Anna Doe
Hmm, Itumeleng’s right. Let’s be real here and call it divise if you want, but it is true: 1. In the US, when you use the word “black”, you only mean AA, You don’t include African immi­grants leav­ing in the US nor Afro-Lati­nos, that you lump with Lati­nos. 2 Yep, Winnie’s com­ments can be under­stood as col­orism direct­ed towards a dark-skinned girl, which on top of every­thing, hap­pened to be African. 3. There are lots of peo­ple in the Amer­i­c­as, peo­ple of African descent, who still think that they’re bet­ter than actu­al Africans. They mock the latter’s hair tex­ture, skin col­or,… Read more »
LittleBabyBug Jones

It is not a divi­sive com­ment. There still are pock­ets of black folk in the USA who believe that African-asso­ci­at­ed features/looks are infe­ri­or. I don’t think it’s most of us, as no one i’ve ever known or befriend­ed has ever said any­thing hurt­ful about Africans, but col­orism dic­tates that those clos­est to black ori­gins will bear the brunt of the bur­den. It’s not divi­sive to point that out. If you say that, you’re deflect­ing, plain as plain.

maralondon

There are black folks every­where who think this but they for­get they also car­ry those same fea­tures you are refer­ring to. I’m ful­ly aware of the isms and scims among us and her and your com­ment fur­ther pro­mote the igno­rance we can’t seem to shake of.

kxlot79
To com­pare a Black per­son point­ing out col­orism among Col­ored peo­ple to White peo­ple min­i­miz­ing the mag­ni­tude of racism is a bit of a stretch. I agree with mar­alon­don that your gen­er­al­iz­ing that an atti­tude of “Black and Proud” excludes Africans is divi­sive. Many Amer­i­can Blacks have expe­ri­ences being demeaned by African and Caribbean Blacks, and the reverse is true too. I won’t knock your expe­ri­ence of encoun­ter­ing Amer­i­can FAKE “pro Black” indi­vid­u­als who have behaved con­temptibly towards you or African peo­ple you know. But I think it’s divi­sive and destruc­tive to allow hotep/hotepa types to be the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the… Read more »
justtwo post

Those of us who are on that “black and proud” tip don’t think like this at ALL. Trust me. Win­nie Har­low doesn’t rep­re­sent those kinds of African-Amer­i­can wom­en just because she went nat­u­ral. There are a lot of black wom­en who have gone nat­u­ral and rock afro­cen­tric style and are still self-hat­ing. Win­nie Har­low is one of them.

bsbfankaren

Col­orism in the black com­mu­ni­ty has an ugly habit of rear­ing it’s head.

La Bandita

Col­orism should be called what it is Anti Black­ism.

LittleBabyBug Jones

agreed. I’m going to start using that from now on instead of col­orism. It is very much anti-black, and i am quite tired of it. We should know bet­ter by now.

kia

my exact sen­ti­ments

PurpNGold1

I would’ve nev­er guessed Win­nie was such a FAB con­sid­er­ing the pos­i­tive mes­sage she puts out. Ew.

Atypically Normal

While not rel­e­vant to the top­ic at hand, Duck­ie and Win­nie are very cute unique names.

La Bandita

Not Win­nie remem­ber Winifred Man­de­la? Win­nie is the nick name ver­sion.

Karminia

It might have been a ref­er­ence to an inside joke, I get that, but the shade was uncalled for. Seemed like she was using Duck­ie in order to dodge the hate (which I don’t get, her hair looks good). She should have worn it with pride and left it at that.

KnowledgeIsPower
1/4 on one hand and 3/4 on the oth­er. On on hand we ALL have seen a super dramatic/weird/outlandish/odd pic­ture and won­dered: “WTH” and pro­ceed­ed to talk ish abt it. On the OTHERHAND, looks like Win­nie was direct­ly on this woman’s insta­gram (and diss­ing, cap­tion­ing and snapchat­ting!) <– Which is a direct shot fired. Only MY net­work would care if I snapchat that post. But as a “celebrity”/high pro­file per­son, every diss, or sly remark made of anoth­er per­son, in a PUBLIC are­na, is like using a bullhorn/megaphone. You have a plat­form, “followers”/ fans etc who repost/share your com­ments. Win­nie DEF… Read more »
Mka

Can’t say I under­stand the whole ‘cau­li­flow­er’ ref­er­ence…

kalexa1

She’s mak­ing a deroga­to­ry com­ment on Duckie’s hair­line not being straight but rolled up in tight curls. Seems to be say­ing she some­how thinks she’s ‘above’ this type of black hair. Speaks vol­umes doesn’t it?! She’s out of order — and messed up.

Riak Mary

me too, it doesn’t make sense or is it fun­ny.

KnowledgeIsPower

IKR?!

Reese

smh!!!!! it may have been “just a joke” as Win­nie is claim­ing on social media now, but this revealed her true col­ors. She may blast self accep­tance and body pos­i­tiv­i­ty but clear­ly inside her heart she is jeal­ous, envi­ous of oth­er famous black wom­en, and sad­ly pet­ty. this is a damn shame, and I will prob­a­bly not be able to view her the same.

justtwo post

I’m not sur­prised at all. Win­nie Har­low gave all those white wom­en who were putting that make­up on their face to look like her a pass. Peo­ple were say­ing it was black­face and she was like it’s okay. When I saw her go again­st her own peo­ple and give white wom­en a pass I knew what the deal was.

Kirstin

Not sur­prised, a lot of new­ly suc­cess­ful peo­ple for­get how they were treat­ed after they made it. #ImWith­Duck­ie smh

Claudette UK

The Sude­ne­se mod­el is stun­ning.

Riak Mary

South Sudane­se** We’re 2 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

DeviantSole

I appre­ci­ate the knowl­edge. So many peo­ple make ref­er­ence to Africa as though it is a coun­try & not an entire con­ti­nent!

Taylor Dawn Humphrey

OMG lol

Riak Mary

Peo­ple always put us togeth­er but we’re free from their dic­ta­tor­ship so yea. They were lit­er­al­ly try­ing to kill us all of, not that we’re bet­ter on our own, we’re still try­ing to kill our­selves but at least we’re free from the Arab Sudane­se

naughtycorner

Most peo­ple dont care , the same way they cant tell whether you are from North and South Korea .you real­ly expect the aver­age per­son to know or care about this ?

La Bandita

She has a home. She’s help­ing us be woke. They were almost mas­sa­cred by the Arabs. Edu­ca­tion is your friend.

Riak Mary

Nev­er said that I want­ed any­one to care and yes you can tell, the North are Mus­lim and Arab while we’re not. Pret­ty sure you’d be frus­trat­ed if peo­ple kept putting you and your ene­mies togeth­er or kept call­ing you some­thing you’re not so shush

Bella

She’s just mak­ing it known. Noth­ing wrong with that. And real­ly under­stand­able con­sid­er­ing the crap the Arab Sudane­se did to them…

Riak Mary

Thank you!!

deyna

I think that celebri­ties at the end of the day are human and can be very imma­ture. While I don’t doubt Win­nie was jok­ing with her sis­ter it doesn’t make her com­ments any less anti-black. 

Peo­ple very rarely con­sid­er the human beings in the memes they use or “check them­selves” on their jokes or thinking…why would you? If no one calls you out you’ll nev­er think you’re wrong. 

I def­i­nite­ly agree that a pos­i­tive moment got over-shined by “shade” and pet­ti­ness which was 200% unnec­es­sary.

kalexa1

She appears to have known exact­ly what she was doing, and her deroga­to­ry remark speaks vol­umes about where her mind­set is at.

Riak Mary

Duck­ie is so beau­ti­ful. Winnie’s apol­o­gy is phoney and an excuse. She’s just jeal­ous that Duck­ie is anoth­er black girl serv­ing extreme black girl mag­ic. It’s like what hap­pened between Naomi Camp­bell and Tyra Banks. Duck­ie is a great per­son inside and out. South Sudan rep!! You go girl, she’s the big­ger per­son in this. We need to sup­port each oth­er and not drag each oth­er down, there’s already enough of bash­ing of us from out­siders. I’m done with WIn­nie. Hope she learns some­thing from this.

maralondon
I’ve wit­nessed this kind of behav­iour per­son­al­ly whilst study­ing Fash­ion. A group of friends and myself took it upon our­selves to com­fort a mod­el who also hap­pened to be Sudane­se dur­ing our fash­ion show. She was being bul­lied and ridiculed by some oth­er black mod­els and we could see how upset­ting it was for her. We were so dis­ap­point­ed by their igno­rance because we of all peo­ple should know bet­ter, if any­thing we should be look­ing out for each oth­er. I get the indus­try they work in and how cut throat it can be espe­cial­ly if you’re black but we… Read more »
Ekanmasphoenix

I total­ly agree with your com­ment. To be real­ly hon­est, I nev­er thought Ms Duck­ie as beau­ti­ful. Dif­fer­ent yes but not beau­ti­ful. Now the ques­tion is what exact­ly is beau­ti­ful? It’s not what we can see on the out­side and she just proved it with her respon­se to this lady’s so called joke. That is what I see as beau­ti­ful and from today I have mas­sive respect for Ms Duck­ie.

maralondon

To me Duck­ie is beau­ti­ful from the shade of her skin to her doll like fea­tures and this is the first time I’m hear­ing of her but yes beau­ty is skin deep and has a lot to do with ones atti­tude.

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