Michelle Joni covered her long blond hair with the oversize afro before heading to Shake & Bake, the NYCWFF’s fried-chicken event last Thursday — attendees were not asked to dress in costume.
Joni has received some criticism via Twitter, but insists that what she’s doing isn’t offensive. That wearing the afro cannot be disrespectful to others as it’s part of her process of self-discovery.
On her blog, Joni wants to “thank everyone who has left their feelings and opinions” then suggests that people who find her infuriating should join her for lunch to talk it out.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2012