22 January, 2015

The rape of cultures by fashion.

Since the beginning of fashion, inspiration came from all places. So many, in fact, that most styles are considered stolen or the sugar-coated term, "borrowed". The two most controversial fashions are animal fabrics (fur, leather, feathers, wool) and cultures that are not of the designer's ethnic background. As the title of this post states, I'll be discussing culture. Wardrobe and accessories of another ethnicity for profit, how clever. The most popularly used are (but not limited to) Native American, Mexican, and Asian culture.
United States, known as the "melting pot" of the world because people of all ethnicities live here. The United States is more of a natural juice that was never shaken well, so all the pieces divided into their own group. The fashion world rarely cares for hateful or respectful letters. If anything, they'll probably promote the product more. In cases like these, it is good to know your culture and where to find it. For example, if a white person is selling Mexican purses, I can just go to a Mexican shop (owned by Mexican people) that can sell me the same thing. The key is not to throw hate onto these businesses, but rather purchase them from a better vendor if you feel that is necessary. Are you not a Mexican but want to wear a sombrero? Go ahead. However, I do recommend you buy one from a Mexican store. In my opinion, it's better to buy from someone selling their cultural garments than a white person selling the garments of another culture; usually at a higher price. Think of this action as cultural support instead of racism.
Cultures have always been used for profit (Halloween costumes, much?) and you can't make people respect anything unless they want to. Life is too short to care about what others wear or to be flabbergasted by their ignorance. Look out for yourself and don't become a fashion hypocrite. Don't attack someone for taking advantage of your culture while wearing native print leggings and you're not Native American. I'm sure we've all worn something from another culture. Don't let your negative comments make you seem like a dirty Mexican, grudge-bearing Native American, exotic China doll, or *insert your ethnic stereotype here*. Make confidence your strongest asset. When you are confident, you don't allow others to get under your skin (including their wardrobe and ideals).
Does it bother me when I see a white girl wearing something from my culture as a fashion accessory? Sometimes, but just remember that you can't educate everyone or take someone's ignorance away. Appreciate your ethnicity, but at the same time break free from the community if you don't like where it's going. Silence can be stronger than words, and you must not let the "white man" image anger you to the core. There are both good and bad people in all ethnic backgrounds. So, most white people have habits and ideals that you don't like, it's still not a reason to attack each other. You keep moving forward in life and leave them in their bubble. Anyone can verbally insult a person, but then who becomes the weaker individual? If you release hate, you'll only receive it back much harder. Don't bother making yourself and everyone in your culture look bad, you are all better than that!

P.S: Europeans are NOT white people. That's like calling a Spaniard white; they're spanish-speaking Europeans. White people are the children of Europeans that gave birth in the United States. Over the years, these children adopted the American ways and you get white people with American (not European) culture. Some do try to stick to their European roots, but it's not the same. I'm not trying to offend, this is just the most basic way of explaining it.

8 comments:

  1. Very well put. I would much rather buy something authentic from a vendor from that particular country.
    Lynne x

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    1. Agreed. It's just the nicest thing to do, in my opinion.

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  2. You say it so well,, and we agree with you!
    love
    tweedles

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  3. You explained cultural appropriation, and supporting the right bussinesses in such a lovely manner. Stuff like this also really bothers me :c I'm actually Chinese and German so I'm quite a weird mix, but I've grown up around different cultures and have learnt to respect them. I usually just really stick to simple black, white, and grey outfits really haha

    p.s. you look SO good!

    -Maja

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    1. Thank you. There are certainly people with more than one ethnicity in their blood and it's good that you know about the respect that every culture deserves. :)

      P.S: Aww shucks! >.< hahah thank you.<3

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