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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.

Natural Hair Twins! **Beautiful**

My Culture Is Not Couture

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 nature.”

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 appropriation.

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 white women.

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)