“he wears this dress better than any of u nappy ass heauxz,” the youngest Cyrus wrote alongside a photo from Styles’ shoot. The “July” singer was then met with criticism over her use of the racially charged word “nappy,” which historically was used disparagingly in reference to African hair texture.
Cyrus’ post had an added layer of insensitivity, as Owens herself is Black. The 20-year-old singer took to her Instagram Stories again on Thursday (Dec. 3) to apologize for her post, writing, “i am mortified that i used a term without knowing the context and history, but i know now and am horrified and truly sorry.”
“i’ll never use it again,” she continued. “thank you for educating me. i in no way meant to offend anyone. i am so so sorry.”
Noah Cyrus issues apology…. 😬 pic.twitter.com/Vp3E0W4vyF
— tiffany (@jonestiff314) December 3, 2020