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A Primer On Cultural Appropriation Before Coachella — Important Things You Need To Know

Do not wear Native headdress to Coachella, please.

The concept of cultural appropriation still has some people scratching their heads and saying, "I don't get it. What's the big deal?"

Let us educate you, Perezcious readers, and we hope you'll keep an open mind.

Photos: Cultural Appropriation In Fashion & Style

The most basic definition is adopting aspects of a culture, like clothing or hairstyles, that are not a part of your own culture. For example, wearing a sari or kimono when you're not Indian or Japanese.

It's not always inappropriate or offensive, because it does really depend on context and the power dynamic between dominant and minority cultures. However, if you're wearing these items of clothing as a costume to a Halloween party, it can definitely be offensive to members of that culture who do not see their traditional clothes as costumes to be worn just for fun, or to be mocked.

Moreover, sacred aspects of a culture, such as Native American headdresses, are considered offensive when worn by non-Natives because they are traditionally earned by the men of a particular tribe, and not meant to add a "cool" factor to your Coachella outfit. The same goes for bindis, which have sacred religious meaning for Hindu women in particular.

Certain hairstyles can also be seen as offensive cultural appropriation. Amandla Stenberg, who called out Kylie Jenner for sporting cornrows but never speaking out about the injustices faced by black people, explains it perfectly HERE.

Many black people feel that white people, who are still the dominant culture in American society and inarguably the world at large, love to adopt black hairstyles, slang, and fashion, but then rarely, if ever, speak out about the racism that still affects black men and women on a daily basis.

When marginalized people see their culture being usurped by people in power who don't use that power to help them or be good allies, it makes them feel even more disenfranchised.

We hope you'll keep all this in mind if you're going to Coachella this month, or planning a Halloween costume, and also just in general as an educated citizen of the world.

Also, you can CLICK HERE for a fashion guide to Coachella that isn't offensive!

Have fun in the desert; just don't be a d*ck!

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Cultural Appropriation In Fashion & Style: Celebrity Examples

Cultural Appropriation In Fashion & Style: Celebrity Examples

Celebrities and cultural appropriation unfortunately go together a little too well.

Even with the conversation out in the mainstream, many famous people who really should know better continue to treat sacred items from other cultures like fashion accessories, thereby diluting their importance.

The Native American headdress and Hindu bindi are two prime examples.

Some celebs have apologized when called out on their behavior, but a great many of them continue to obliviously wear whatever cultural item they feel like whenever they want to.

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Valentino Faces Backlash For Casting Majority White Models In Africa-Themed Show

Valentino casts mostly white models in Africa themed show.

This happens far too often!

In its S/S 2016 presentation on Tuesday Valentino showed 90 looks for its Africa-inspired collection.

Calling the collection "primitive, tribal, spiritual, yet regal," the brand featured mostly white models sporting corn-rows, and only 10 of the looks were modeled by women of African descent.

And there were only eight black models total, out of 87!

The glaring contrast between the theme and the lack of models of color upset quite a few people, who called out the famous Italian fashion label for taking inspiration from African culture without at least having more African models actually present the clothing.

The brand was called out on its Instagram page and on Twitter:

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Elle Canada Calls A Dashiki A 'New Trend' & Immediately Gets Called Out For Cultural Appropriation

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Elle Canada gets skewered for cultural appropriation post.

A word of advice to Elle Canada — people don't like it when you dub their traditional clothing a "new trend."

The publication has faced major backlash and Internet anger for a fashion piece on their site that refers to a dashiki, a traditional West African garment, as the "newest It-item."

[ Related: Pharrell Gets Called Out For Wearing A Headdress ]

The piece, called "Is The Dashiki The New Kaftan?", features images of various celebrities, including Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Shay Mitchell (above) wearing a dashiki with accompanying captions.

An image was also posted on Elle Canada's Instagram but then quickly deleted.

Readers have also been quick to post their anger and disappointment at the magazine. Here are some of people's reactions on Twitter:

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Justin Bieber Defends Kylie Jenner Amidst Her Corn Rows Controversy!

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What're friends for?

Remember how we told you about Kylie Jenner's new corn rows that were stirring up some cultural appropriation controversy over the weekend?

Well, it looks like the 17-year-old is got some support from some famous friends on Monday, because Justin Bieber has come to her rescue!

We didn't expect to see the singer commenting on Ky Ky's Instagram post, but he sure did, saying:

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Khloe Kardashian Is Feeling The Heat With Her Latest Selfie! See The Controversial Shot HERE!

Khloe Kardashian gets slammed by fans for her latest Instagram selfie! See it HERE!

Khloe Kardashian is no stranger to stirring controversy.

Especially with her Instagram shots!

While in Dubai on Monday, the 30-year-old posted a new selfie of her wearing a traditional niqāb to her page, writing:

"Habibi Love"

Visitors aren't usually expected to wear them, but it seems she decided to do it anyway.

[ Related: Khloe Gets Backlash For Her Native American Headdress ]

We can only imagine it was an attempt at respecting the culture — though her fans were not feeling the love, as her latest choice caused some of them to get pretty upset.

In fact, some commenters called Khloe out on her cultural appropriation and for being "disrespectful".

Considering her offensive "Sheik pu**y" Instagram photo posted over a year ago (below), it's not hard to see why this new pic (above) might be hurtful.

Does she never learn??

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Katy Perry Doesn't Give A F**K! See What She Has To Say About Racism, Fans, Kim Kardashian, & More In Her New Rolling Stone Interview!

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Katy Perry has taken a lot of flack for cultural appropriation.

Not only for her infamous geisha performance at the 2013 AMAs but also for her new mummy dancers on her Prism tour.

But Katy insists that has nothing to do with caricaturing black women as some have suggested. She says she wants to address body issues that have nothing to do with racial boundaries. She says:

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