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Festival Fashion

We’re all about festival style, the vibrant colors, funky textures, and people pushing the stylistic limits. But as music festivals have grown in popularity, the normalization of cultural appropriation has peaked too. Let’s get even weirder with our style this year, but more respectful towards cultures. Ditch the bindis and corn rows, and opt for more creative options- think glitter and pink/peach tinted hair instead.

We reached out to people on Instagram and asked when they feel their culture is disrespected. Here are some short paragraphs from a few girls:

@brielle.belle

“I think that many cultures are told subliminally, through media that their culture is great as long as they aren’t the one partaking in it. Prior to developing self confidence I felt very self conscious about my hair and what I do with it. That’s one of the harmful effects of cultural appropriation. I used to never wear braids, Bantu knots or anything like that out of fear of being seen as “ghetto.” In our society African American women who do these hairstyles are usually depicted as being inarticulate, illiterate and lacking in social graces. I think that’s something that needs to change. Thankfully I’ve developed enough knowledge and pride in myself to be able to wear my hair in any way that I like and to be myself in general. However, for girls who have not been so lucky cultural appropriation makes them feel ashamed”

@khanya_m

“I’m Khanya and I’m 15 and I’m black. I live in South Africa. I am finding more and more that after Apartheid a lot of people that are not of colour find it cool to use different ‘trademarks’ from each culture without stopping to learn about us. I understand that we are supposed to be a rainbow nation but there must be another way to do so with some understanding of the background of all our cultures so that we remain respectful.”

@gabisalaben

“I’m part Mali and Liberian and notice A LOT of appropriating of black culture, for right now I’m going to just point out the appropriating of black hair. It’s hurtful to see white girls wearing dreads and cornrows when I know black girls get put down for it. The same white audience that loves celebrities shoots with afros calls black girls who wear their hair natural “ghetto” and “ratchet”.”

We aren’t bringing this topic up to get mad at anyone, but to open the minds of people who aren’t yet educated! Trends can be fun, but the traditions from a culture aren’t trends. We completely understand how the line could become fuzzy because of the normalization of cultural appropriation in the celebrity/influencer community. But lets work on educating ourselves and others instead of just excusing it, maybe celebrities will catch on.


 

Thank you girls for sharing your thoughts & perspectives!

Here are some totally killer (and respectful) looks we’re loving this festival season along with some songs to jam out to while glitter flies everywhere.

Beast of Burden- Rolling Stones

Rebel Rebel- David Bowie

Money Trees- Kendrick Lamar

Ridin- A$AP Rocky & Lana Del Rey

Untitled 02- Kendrick Lamar

U- Kendrick Lamar

When You Were Young- The Killers

Hair of the Dog- Nazareth

Doing it to Death- The Kills

Black Beauty- Lana Del Rey

Cocoa Butter Kisses-Chance the Rapper

Lemme Know-Vince Staples

Speed-Kali Uchis

Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix

Retro-Childish Gambino

Pink Matter-Frank Ocean

Warm Foothills-Alt-J

Put Your Records On-Corinne Bailey Rae

1965- Zella Day

Ur-Sza

This Song is not About a Girl-Flume

Gone by Dawn-Shannon and the Clams

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?-Arctic Monkeys

Stuck in the Middle With You-Stealers Wheel

Walk on the Wild Side- Lou Reed

Pale Blue Eyes- Velvet Underground

Heart of a Dog- The Kills

L$D- A$AP Rocky

Lost- Chance the Rapper

The Wind Cries Mary-Jimi Hendrix

Shine on You Crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd

Strawberry Fields Forever-The Beatles

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7 Comments

  1. I really love this post! I had really been curious about culture appropriation in terms of festival fashion too lately and didn’t really know how to explain my own view on it – this post put my thoughts into words and it makes a lot more sense how to distinguish between the fuzzy and non fuzzy lines. Thank you! Lovely photo-boards too ❤

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  2. Those glittery killer boots, I am in need off!

    I think this post brings up something we’re all slightly ignorant to, I can’t say I’ve ever really experimented with cultural trends but I certainly see how others have. Fashion is fun, but when traditions and cultures get disrupted by the playfulness of fashion it’s sort of saddening? It would be nice for people to go to efforts to educate themselves but I think the ‘freedom’ with trends in fashion prevents that, people fail to see what they’re doing as ‘serious’ enough to do anything about it. I’m glad you’ve brought up this issue!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  3. Anna says

    Keep in mind that I agree with these girls, there is no point in offending anyone so that they feel ashamed and made fun of. I just find it hard to define “cultural appropriation” in other scenarios. (To wear a bindi has for example become the worst thing a “white teenage girl” can do, just read the comments of Suede´s coachella youtube vid.) I say, lets educate ourselves a bit so we don´t offend any group of people, but what would we be without us mixing cultures? Aren´t immigrants in Norway (where I live) “allowed” to wear our traditional costume on our independent day? Yes, of course. Must we stop eating pizza and pasta and stop wearing caps and sagged jeans? Where does the line go for what´s “cultural appropriation”?

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    • I think the people of the culture that is being appropriated has all of the right to define what is considered cultural appropriation. Minorities have been oppressed since the beginning of time, and though things are a lot better now, racism still exists in the form of micro-aggressions such as cultural appropriation. And it’s the denial of the existence of that racism that makes modern racism so dangerous. It’s not really about the fact that people are wearing bindis or doing their hair a certain way. People know that it’s “just a gem” or “just hair”, but the meaning becomes lost once other people start replicating those styles in the name of aesthetic or appreciation. It’s about respecting those parts of those cultures because they have been disrespected and shamed by the very people who typically are perpetrators of cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriators love the culture more than they love the people of it, whether or not they’re conscious of it. For them, they have the privilege of it being “just a gem” or “just a hairstyle” because it was never like that for most cultures since so many have been oppressed and criticized for doing those same things. Once racism ceases to have such a large role in society, then that’s when cultural appreciation can replace cultural appropriation. But for now, it’s time to look past the face value of acts of cultural appropriation and instead, listen and act with understanding and respect by actively fighting for justice for the oppressed rather than invalidating their battle. As Amandla Stenberg once said, “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?”

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    • Cybelle says

      What it comes down to is if someone from the culture being represented feels offended.
      Of course if someone goes to India and is immersed in the culture and locals invite them to take part in a traditional event, that is very different then a white girl wearing a bindi to Coachella as a fashion statement. The line can be fuzzy, but at the end of the day if someone of that culture feels offended… Then the line isn’t fuzzy.

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  4. May W. says

    It is about time someone brought this to light. Snaps for you ladies.

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