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By Fatima Farha April 22, Fashion trends are ongoing. There is nothing wrong with fashion, and there is nothing wrong with the trends that people set. In the past couple of months, I have seen a rising fashion trend of the bindi , a gem worn on the forehead between the eyebrows. The bindis have grown prominence and many girls have started wearing them. The funny part is, none of the girls who actually wear the bindi in terms of this fashion trend are Indian.
Aarti Olivia x Nov 10, Countries across Asia and beyond are mired in a history of oppression. For many of us, the oppression is far from over, and we still exist within marginalised communities. Over the years, the racial micro-aggressions that offend and upset us have mutated, but they are aggressions all the same. Look at it this way: When you have been colonised, had your finery stolen, and your identity poked fun at, cultural appropriation is not just personal; It points to a bigger picture.
Earlier this year, Gucci was criticised for putting turbans on white models. Many Sikhs condemned the move as a huge sign of disrespect, pointing out that the turban is a symbol of faith not a fashion accessory. Dr Mahawatte believes that structural racism is advanced by dress, and we still have a lot to work on in this area. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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Cultural appropriation , at times also phrased cultural misappropriation ,    is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture. This can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from disadvantaged minority cultures. According to critics of the practice, cultural appropriation differs from acculturation , assimilation , or equal cultural exchange in that this appropriation is a form of colonialism : cultural elements are copied from a minority culture by members of a dominant culture, and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context—sometimes even against the expressly stated wishes of members of the originating culture. Cultural appropriation is considered harmful by various groups and individuals,   including Indigenous people working for cultural preservation,   those who advocate for collective intellectual property rights of the originating, minority cultures,     and those who have lived or are living under colonial rule. Those who see this appropriation as exploitative state that the original meaning of these cultural elements is lost or distorted when they are removed from their originating cultural contexts, and that such displays are disrespectful or even a form of desecration.
Brexit was bad. Trump was worse. Alas, I stand by my statement. Iggy Azalea is the embodiment of cultural appropriation. Like her, many stars have built their brand on the backs of appropriation. This continually portrays the message that we, as people of colour, are not worthy to grace a stage — but the shiny parts of our cultures are.