This… is wild
Do you remember Rachel Dolezal – the white woman who posed as a black woman (and still does to this day) and became the head of the NAACP in Spokane? Do you remember how she managed to appropriate black culture more than the Kardashians, to the point where she became the embodiment of blackface?!
The most recent iteration of this is Swedish Instagram model Emma Hallberg, who shocked some of her followers when they realized she was white.
Earlier this week, a 19-year-old woman named Deja tweeted a screenshot of Hallberg’s page, along with a screenshot of a DM from a follower informing her that the model was not, in fact, black, with the succinct caption “PARDON????” “Finding out Emma was white was so shocking due to the fact that this girl has done everything to look the part of a mixed black girl,”
A white Swedish model painting herself black for mercantile purposes. Ridiculous. This is CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. You don't know what being Black truly is, all the discrimination and slavery history behind. You're only black to get more followers on Instagram. Pathetic. pic.twitter.com/jwgC5SsPHO
— Malak / ملاك (@Malak_Bens) November 12, 2018
Hallberg, for her part, has denied trying to intentionally look black; one Twitter user posted what appears to be a DM conversation with the influencer, in which she wrote, “I’m white and I never claimed to be anything else… I’m NOT ‘posing’ as a colored person as you claim.”
Hallberg reiterated those statements in a recent interview with Buzzfeed, saying that she never “claimed or tried to be black or anything else.”
“I do not see myself as anything else than white,” she added. “I get a deep tan naturally from the sun.”