I don’t feel like this is appropriation… You don’t know her, you don’t know her story. Is she not allowed to be a rapper or a basketball player and also a white female? You’re close but not fully there, Natalia. You look mad 20th century thinking like that. This is NYC.
The use of other cultures is always appropriation. In a day and age where Marie Claire posts photos of corn rows and calls them “bold new braids” I think we have to be cautious how we take from cultures that are not our own. So other than that she is a white woman imitating another culture, there is nothing unique about this. In fact, that’s not unique in the slightest.
What if she was adopted into a black family? Or grew up in Africa? Or just plain wanted to wear corn rows? As Chris said above, you don’t know her or her story. Personally, I don’t particularly like the look, but I wouldn’t accuse her of appropriation. Would you say to black woman wearing brazilian hair that she was appropriating someone else’s culture? I don’t think so.
And while I think I would be annoyed at Marie Claire printing something like that, were I a black woman, the fact that she’s a white woman wearing a typically black style is exactly what makes it new and unique and brave. That’s the whole reason we’re having this conversation.
What other culture is she borrowing from? How do you know she is not a rapper or a basketball player? Who are you to judge whether or not a braid is bold. Was it cultural appropriation when Bo Derek braided her hair? It seems like you are looking for a problem more than you are thinking about how your comments describe your world view, Molly.
I’ll be honest, I’m not really here for the “let’s jump to the defense of the white woman in corn rows” conversation. Natalie, please tell me how many ww you know that have been adopted by black families. Please. Also, the argument that maybe she was raised in Africa comment doesn’t even consider the colonial narrative of why she might be there in the first place. And there are black people in Brazil, by the way, so probably not. But no, white women wearing corn rows will never be bold or brave.
And Anne, maybe she plays basketball, cool. I did, too. She’s still white and appropriating black culture. Yes it was cultural appropriation when Bo Derek braided her hair. I’m not just looking for a problem. The problem exists.
And lastly, to speak from experience against the whole argument of “you don’t know her story.” I am white, I was born and raised in a predominantly black county outside of DC. I learned how to step when I was 7. That does not mean it was not appropriation as I continued to step up until high school.
Is it appropriation when black women adopt straightening techniques for their hair? Black women for the most part are born with kinky/curly/wavy hair right?
That being said, isn’t MOST fashion appropriation? Especially post- 1970′s when street style became equally, if not more important than high fashion.
I think the use of the word “appropriation” needs to be taken into context. Of course you could claim black women are appropriating the white women’s straight hair look but it’s not quite the equivalent of the use of corn rows and dreads. Not to sound the victimization card, but black hair style was and sometimes still is regarded with ridicule and/or disdain in some circles. For example, it’s like when McDonalds creeps in a hip-hop soundtrack to their commercials – black culture pervading into the mainstream.
But when Nic Lewis says, ” Especially post- 1970â€²s when street style became equally, if not more important than high fashion.”
+++1 (e.g., grunge, hip hop, normcore, cowboy, school girl, construction worker). Fashion “creativity” often appropriates the street sense of utility and/or financial power.
“Would you say to black woman wearing brazilian hair that she was appropriating someone elseâ€™s culture?”
Black people have been in Brazil since the early 1500s, genius. Next time do your research please.
I get that it’s about exhibiting personal style and all, sure. But come on…
If this photo was taken in a Walmart instead of OC, would you all be oohing and ahhhing over it? Of course not. There’s no such thing as Walmart-chic. And don’t even try to make it a thing, please!
Run of the mill Adidas, a Nebraska FOOTBALL (not basketball as you all seem to think) jersey, and a I-went-on-a-cruise-to-the-Bahamas-and-they-did-my-hair-like-this hairdo errs this on the side of Trying Too Hard.
lol wowww. those are cornrows invented by africans and perfected by black people you know they have been wearing them for centuries and usually keep them in for months at a time i know that took forever and hurt unfortunately im sure she has to wash her hair after a day or two.her style looks very ethnic
I can’t help but think she’s looking forlornly at the stylish patterned blouse or the one on her arm instead of the stupid football jersey and matching gym shorts given to her by her unthinking boyfriend/girlfriend… and damn, I wish I could have dreads instead.