TV personality Quad Webb is the latest victim of a hair fail due to not having diversity in the room. This time, instead of a Blackface sweater or advertising campaign fail, a new promo shot for season 9 of Quad’s reality TV show Married To Medicine left her with helmet hair.
The image, which dropped last week, sent social media went ablaze over the faulty hairline.
“What’s going on with Quad’s frontal?” was the resounding response, with Quad taking to Instagram to call out Bravo for the horrible photoshopping — which she said she did not approve before the images went out.
“I had no idea that that was going to be the outcome,” she told Hype Hair Editor-in-Chief Jessica De Vault Hale in an exclusive interview. “It basically looks like I played for the Atlanta Falcons. I have a helmet on my head.”
She also posted images of the actual unit’s hairline to show how natural (and good) it really looked.
Quad, who also co-hosts TV One’s Sister Circle, connected the Photoshop fumble to the larger issue of lack of representation and diversity behind the scenes and at decision-making tables in the entertainment and beauty industries.
“I think it’s a quintessential mistake that a lot of Caucasian people make when they’re making decisions without understanding Black people, Black culture,” she said. “There was not a Black person in the room and if so, that would have never happened.”
This is especially troubling for celebrities and personalities whose imaging is attached to their branding and influence. Quad shared that she’s making sure it doesn’t happen to her or any of her other co-stars ever again.
“I’ve been on the phone since the rollout of the photos with the executives of the production company,” she said. “I’ve also been on the phone with some of the executives over at Bravo. I’ve been on the phone with PR at Bravo. So, I am pretty much touching each and every department to let them know that this is not okay.”
Married To Medicine premieres Sept. 8, 2019 on Bravo. Check local listings for times.