In simple terms, cultural appropriation is when someone improperly and/or thoughtlessly seizes another person’s viewpoints, manners, styles, or practices or anything that associated with that person’s culture. Typically, people appropriate culture from minorities.
Rock and roll’s early history is a good example of cultural appropriation. African Americans actually developed the music, but record companies and radio stations only paid attention to Caucasian artist’s recordings. Consequently, the public believed they originated and owned the music.
For years, the fashion industry has appropriated various cultures. For example, Marc Jacobs styled his Caucasian models in dreadlocks and Victoria Secret’s donned its models in Native American headdresses. It does the same to the Latino culture. Unfortunately, much like the rock and roll example, most of the public doesn’t realize when it’s happening.
Here are twenty-one times various individuals or entities from the fashion industry appropriated from the Latino culture.