In the week since Keziah Ginger Daum posted photos of herself on Twitter wearing a traditional Chinese dress, her outfit has come to symbolize a debate over cultural appropriation.
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Halloween is around the corner and the rush to pick out or create a perfect costume is on. But before you jump on the latest trend or parody a current event, do take a moment to double check what you're wearing, lest your costume turns into a whole different kind of scary. Click the gallery above to see 15 Halloween costumes to avoid and let us know what you think by tweeting us @YahooStyleCA.
You may have heard that there’s a new Disney princess coming and her name is Moana and basically everybody thinks she’s going to be totally awesome — but the Halloween costume version is making people angry.
Janet Gretzky is the latest celebrity to come under fire for cultural appropriation. Thank you @parepare7 for inviting Emma along for this fun photo shoot love them LAYLA Hilinski!!!! “This is so disrespectful and is not, and will not, ever be OK,” wrote nicolemtom. “Aboriginal headdress is given as a sign of respect or to a person of importance within the community, not to wear for a photoshoot.
Lupita Nyong’o is clapping back at Vogue for comparing her hair to Audrey Hepburn’s. At Monday night’s Met Gala, the always stunning Nyong’o walked the red carpet in a breathtaking sequined gown by Calvin Klein – but it was her gravity-defying hair that really got people talking. On the red carpet, the “12 Years A Slave” star told Vogue that the updo was inspired by “the sculptural hairdos from all around the continent,” and that it was also a nod to Nina Simone. Nina Simone (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Shortly after the gala, Vogue posted a story on their website called “Is Lupita Nyong’o the New Audrey Hepburn?
A video posted by Kylie Jenner Snapchats (@kylizzlesnapchats) on Apr 20, 2016 at 3:01am PDT With Snapchat defending its recent use of a Bob Marley filter, debate continues about the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation. Backlash was immediate, with many people understandably outraged, calling the filter a form of blackface. Snapchat then issued a statement saying that the filter was intended as a tribute to the musical legend, and that it even had the blessing of Bob Marley’s estate. Two Canadian experts on cultural appropriation don’t buy Snapchat’s response or reasoning, though. Whether it’s celebrities dressing up as black people on Halloween or the widespread use of this filter, they say blackface – in any form – is racist and unacceptable.
Japanese designer Junya Watanabe struck a nerve when he showed his Africa-themed collection in Paris in June, the pieces clearly referencing the culture and continent without a single black model on the runway. ALSO SEE: Was Allure’s Afro feature another case of cultural appropriation? Examples abound of cultural appropriation, drawing the questions: where does inspiration end and theft begin?