One of our favorite power couples, Shadowhunters actress Emeraude Toubia and her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Prince Royce, are currently traveling together in Thailand, but some of their vacation photos are causing quite a stir among their fans. While on their getaway, both stars got their hair braided in tight cornrows, which they debuted in several new social media posts. Tons of fans immediately took to the comments section to call them out for cultural appropriation.
While many fans praised her actress for her beautiful style, many more asked her to reconsider getting her hair done this way – especially since they interpreted it as promotion of a traditionally African hairstyle.
Twitter user @magnuhsbane summed up a lot of social media users' feelings:
After the backlash, Emeraude responded on her own Twitter, posting tweets saying that her hairstyle isn't derived for one particular culture or ethnic group.
"While it's difficult to know for certain where braiding originated, it has been found in all cultures of the world" +— Emeraude Toubia (@EmeraudeToubia) January 5, 2017
...including Asia, Africa, Egypt, Europe and the Americas."— Emeraude Toubia (@EmeraudeToubia) January 5, 2017
She also retweeted a fan who compared her latest look to some box braids and cornrows rocked by many Latina icons, including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Shakira.
To accentuate her point, Emeraude also shared a throwback photo from her own childhood to show that this type of braided hairstyle her mom has been styling her with since she was a little one. Her mother is Mexican, while her father is Lebanese.
Similarly, Prince Royce tweeted out his own childhood #TBT snap that shows he's also been a longtime wearer of braids. His parents are Dominican.
It's clear that neither celeb intended to hurt anyone's feelings with their hairstyles or selfies, and they're making it really clear that braids have also been a part of their own childhoods and heritages. But many fans are still calling out cultural appropriation where they see it.
Click through the gallery to see more photos the couple have shared of their braided hairstyles. Then, make sure to take to the comments section to let us know what you make of this situation.