I’m tired of society treating black women like sunflower seeds. Consuming the parts of us that they want/like. Then spitting us out when they’re done.
I wish there was a website where back women could privately share their ideas amongst other black women. Hairstyles, hair products, trends, outfits, slang, etc… I’m over sharing our womanhood just to have it bastardized and mocked.
Valentino spring/summer 2016 line inspired
by Africa – a continent that consists of 54 countries – was described by the
brand as ‘primitive’ and ‘wild’. The show saw 87 models walk the runway – 91% of
which were white and only 8 being black adorned cainrows, dreadlocks and
feathers. The collection described by the brand as a “journey to the beginning of time and the essential of primitive
Valentino used tribal and animal
prints; ethnic style beading and shoes resembling tribal masks. The soundtrack
of the show featured Bongo drums to really ‘cement’ the african theme. And although
taking inspiration from different cultures is not necessarily a bad thing, the way
it is interpretrated and represented especially in this case is cultural
Amandla Stenberg’s video titled ‘Don’t
Cash Crop My Cornrows’ touched on the topic of cultural appropriation stating: “Appropriation occurs when a style leads to
racist generalisations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as
high-fashion… when the privileged take it for themselves,”. By using ethnic
haristyles, clothing and influences, the brand is able to profit from the
culture they borrowed from. However the people of that culture are condensed to
stereotypes and objectified as their
identity is reduced to a costume. The vast continent of Africa and its entire
cultural history is weakend to a westernised interpretation.
Cultural appropriation is also
clear by the fact that altough the brand participated in black culture, there was
still a blatant refusal to hire black models. Using black hairstyles on white
women perpetuates the idea that black women’s features are only acceptable on
The lack of black representation
is clear throughout the 373 shows and 9,926 models used in New York, London,
Paris and Milan, 80% of the models were White. 8.5% of the models used were Black.
(soruce: The Fashion Spot)