Instagram model Jaiden Gumbayan recentlyÂ came under harsh criticism for posting photos that many called cultural appropriation and â€œblackface.â€ She has since apologized, sharingÂ on her page a long, heartfelt apology that has gained more thanÂ 4,000 likes and 750 comments.
Gumbayanâ€™s apology comes on the heels of her sharing photos in which she posed, extremely tanned, while sporting wigs, extensions, and cornrows. Many of followersÂ called her out, with at least one observingÂ she was trying â€œso hard to be black.â€
Yahoo Beauty was unable to reach GumbayanÂ for comment. But shortly after her photos caused controversy, she shared a series of screenshots of an iPhone note she wrote, in which she apologizes for her the triggering images.
â€œI sympathizeÂ with black women because I know that for years theyâ€™veÂ gotten oppressed and had to endure awful things for their natural hair and have been told it is not beautiful or professional or okay,â€Â Gumbayan wrote. â€œI understand these issues and the issues with appropriation and how it could it offend someone.â€
Gumbayan also addressedÂ those who were trying to side with her and show sympathy.
â€œI can not even agree with half of what the people trying to support or â€˜defendâ€™ me saying, â€˜itâ€™s just hairâ€™ becauseÂ it is not just hair for someoneÂ people and cultures and can be of great significance.â€
As for blackface accusations, she said, â€œItâ€™s so insane,â€ and that she just tans easily.
Gumbayan then providedÂ a history lesson on what blackface is and why it is so horrible, noting, â€œIâ€™m not perfect, I am human, I make mistakes.â€
â€œI am truly very sorry,â€ she wrote. â€œI hope from now on I can just learn and grow from this.â€
Her followers, for the most part, seem ready to move on.
â€œShe apologized, can this be squashed now,â€ one commenter wrote. â€œI understand if you donâ€™t agree with her, but some people are really hateful in these comments. Like, sheâ€™s still a person.â€