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Earlier this week, H&M found itself embroiled in controversy after it posted an image of a black child wearing a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”

Celebrities took to social media to denounce the racially insensitive image, while The Weeknd and G-Eazy both ended partnerships with the brand in response to the controversy.

But apparently, the model’s mother, Terry Mango, didn’t have an issue with the shoot. She wrote: “[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this… I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to, but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.”

Following the outcry, H&M issued an apology, writing that “we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry to anyone offended or angered.” The Swedish brand also removed the image and the hoodie from its online store. View it below.

We have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry. Link in bio.

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In other style news, The North Face reimagines its most iconic silhouettes for Nordstrom.

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