For real, Vogue? A photo shoot featuring Karlie Kloss as a geisha? In the so-called "diversity" issue, no less. https://t.co/bgpKXHw35N
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) February 15, 2017
I’m sure you’ve heard the term cultural appropriation a lot over the past few years, and at this point, you probably know what it means. If you don’t, it’s okay, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Obviously, every culture is influenced by another culture in some way. But, cultural appropriation is when one culture or person (or model) steals certain things from another culture, like clothing or accessories, and uses it in a dumb way. An example that you are probably familiar with is the whole “let’s wear Native American headdresses to this overpriced music festival to be trendy!” thing (we’re looking at you, Vanessa Hudgens). Sure, you might like feathers, but wearing them on your head is not a good idea.
I know that you are thinking, “I should be able to wear whatever I want!” but that’s not always the case. It’s one thing to support another person’s culture, it’s another to exploit it and use their clothing and art for your own personal gain (or Instagram likes). This tends to happen a lot with popular celebrities and models who, quite frankly, don’t give AF about appropriating cultures, and do it all the time, because they are famous, pretty and have power. (Most recently, Karlie Kloss.) If you don’t believe me, take a look at these examples of models who totally appropriated others cultures… in the dumbest ways: