Cultural appropriation is not a new phenomenon.Katy Perry did it. Miley Cyrus did it. Avril Lavigne did it. Iggy Azalea did it. And the list goes on. For those of you who might not know what the term means, Amandla does a great job of defining it in her video about cultural appropriation and black hair, "Don't Cash Crop on my Cornrows".
"Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture that they are partaking in."And this is very true. Time and time again, white women are celebrated for having stereotypical black features while black women are deemed ugly, ratchet and ghetto for having them. Magazines all over celebrate these celebrities. We saw it with Iggy Azalea when she was praised for bringing the booty back. We saw it with Kendall Jenner when she made braids look "chic". The list goes on.