Selah Marley, 23, responded to critics who attacked her online for modeling a “White Lives Matter” shirt in Kanye West‘s Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday.
The petite 5-foot-3 model is the daughter of singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill and the granddaughter of the late reggae legend Bob Marley. Her father is Marley’s son, Rohan Marley.
Selah took to Instagram to respond to social media messages from angry followers. “You can not bully me, manipulate me, or coax me into silence. Nor will you bully me into being who you want me to be,” she wrote in since-deleted post. “If you know me, you know that nothing I do is without deep thought & intention. Wait til you hear what I have to say.”
She also shared text messages she sent to Kanye — who apparently didn’t respond.
In one text message, Selah wrote: “hey ye is this your actual number?”
In another text, she wrote:
“this is selah btw. you may be sleeping but i think that what we did has obviously created a lot of conversation & i would like us to continue that conversation & provide the necessary depth & clarity that we are both extremely capable of. i love taking risks & embracing freedom but in this case, i think we can continue to discuss the depth behind our decisions to show the purity of our intentions & provide healing to our community. love you so much. let’s keep this going – in a healthy way. (heart emoji).”
When Kanye didn’t respond to her texts, Selah wrote:
“i think he’s sleeping but i’m ready for us to have the conversation. tell @kanyewest to text me when he wakes up so we can continue to move this conversation forward & provide the necessary clarity, depth & healing that we are collectively in need of.”