Forever 21 Apologizes For Using White Man To Model ‘Black Panther’-Inspired Sweater

Forever 21 apologized after it was criticized on social media for using a white male model to sell a sweater inspired by the 2018 hit film “Black Panther.”

The store’s website showed pictures of a sweater that read “Wakanda Forever” being worn by a white male. The phrase was made popular by the Marvel film that chronicled the story of Black Panther, a superhero from the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

Social media users criticized the store for using a white model instead of a person of color.

“Hey Forever 21, in what universe did you think it was OK to feature a white model in Wakanda gear? Granted, chances are you knew it wasn’t OK, but still as a former #21Men brand specialist for the company. I’m highly offended,” a social media user wrote.

Forever 21 apologized if consumers were offended by the photo of the sweater.

The store also deleted a tweet with the sweater and deleted pictures of the model wearing the clothing item on its website, Fox News reported.

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