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Remember the Glamour editor with the thing against black hair? She has finally been purged from the magazine. And we could not feel more conflicted about it if we knew her ourselves. Ashley Baker was a Glamour fashion editor and "Slaves to Fashion" blogger. She was such a breezy, non-self-serious writer that Anna tried to get Ashley to work for Jezebel before anyone had even thought of the inspired name "Jezebel." Ashley said she was "flattered," but that she "loved Glamour." We wish the magazine loved her back. Because Ashley was one of the few ladies in women's magazines who showed genuine humility on a regular basis: she published many a self-portrait in which she looked like ass, she was never afraid to cop to an ill-advised assemblage of clothes, and she revealed her own weight in the magazine. (That was in a story about how quitting drinking can help you lose weight; Ashley said she dropped to 152 from 167, and no, I am not proud that I did not have to look that up because I remembered the exact numbers.)

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It is hard to believe, given Ashley's self-professed sartorial habits and beauty regimen, that she would not, were she a black woman, have nappy fucking hair. So we are mystified as to how it came about that she said something so offensive. That said, we also know that people who write on the internet all day occasionally inadvertently offend people. We don't know the whole story.

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So anyway Ashley, good luck. We know how humbling it is to be unemployed. We also know how humbling it is to be accused of racism. We can only hope you understand that in a country in which the legacy of slavery has sentenced a colossal swath of the population to unemployment and yeah lots worse, a little humbling is, in the end, a good thing.

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Well Jezebel,

given the ethnic "make-up" of your editors, I understand your "conflict." I recall the excitement with which I read the promotion about your new women's offering, only to be let down per usual due to the lack of true diversity at the top, guaranteeing an absence of perspective. So allow me to help you out.

(as violins play for poor little white Ashley Baker who is soon to be employed, by the likes of another Conde Naste publication, as we speak no doubt)

Her comment made to a group of attorneys that research already tells us underemploys both women and black women in particular, reinforced a long-held opinion that the natural state of the hair follicule that comes out of a black women's head is a political statement. If a black women presents hereself to an interview, without putting harsh chemicals on her head, in an effort to affect a more Caucasian appearance, it should be taken as a political statement.

I couldn't care less if she's considered a racist. The fact that the likes you industry promotes this way of thinking as acceptable is abhorrent and inexcusable. It speaks volumes about who she really that she said this in the first place, and that type of "nappy", chemicals does not fix.