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Victoria’s Secret Is In Hot Water For Culturally Appropriating Native Americans
By Izza Sofia, 22 Nov 2017
Victoria’s Secret is the latest brand to be accused of cultural appropriation.
Guests on the ground in Shanghai for the event have been buzzing about one of the show’s themed segments, entitled ‘Nomadic Adventure,’ that featured Native American-inspired headdresses and several “tribal” motifs.
One of the look, modelled by Austrian newcomer Nadine Leopold, included a feathery headpiece that bore a resemblance to the traditional war bonnet, a symbol of respect and bravery in many Native American tribes.
Other ‘Nomadic Adventure’ ensembles heavily incorporated feathers, beading, turquoise stones, Navajo-style weaving patterns and collars that raised eyebrows and started a bit of chatter on Twitter.
“Why does VS not like leaving cultural ‘costumes’ out of their runway,” one user tweeted. “It’s like they love issuing wishy washy apologies when they could just... not do it.”
While the show would not air in full until 28 November 2017, it is certain that Victoria’s Secret will land in hot water for its dubious styling choices.
Things confirmed during the VS show: We as a society are not quite over hair chopsticks nor sexy war bonnets apparently! Maybe in 2018 😒?— Connie Wang (@conniewang) November 20, 2017
jeez seriously? I’m not surprised, but still disappointed— Aditi Rajagopal (@Aditi_Rajagopal) November 20, 2017
[via Nylon, opening image via Victoria’s Secret]
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