When Does Inspiration Turn Into Cultural Appropriation?

I see it in every other fashion headline, with every other outlandish re-invention of a pop star,with the smallest details of a shirt that’s supposedto lend you a notion of cool—cultural appropriation.

In an article in The New York Times, cultural appropriation is a damaging topic tied to the white man’s privilege, “a word now associated with the white Western world’s co-opting of minority cultures.” It happens when a high-end luxury French brand turned an aboriginal tool into a thousand dollar collector’s piece. It happens when Kylie Jenner decides to release camouflage pieces for her clothing line, the word popped up when Marc Jacobs sent white models with dreadlocks down the …

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