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Cultural Appropriation Vogue gentrifies 'hood nails'

The style magazine has done it again

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It's no secret that cultural appropriation has been a huge issue particularly within the fashion industry. Mainstream culture has whitewashed black culture and now Vogue has gentrified 'hood nails'.

Elaborate and unusually long nails have been a staple part of black beauty culture since the 80's and was originally labelled 'ghetto' and 'tacky'. However, the minute a mainstream white designer does it, it's suddenly considered 'fashion'.

Twitter Backlash

Black people have stood aside and watched the culture being taken and served back to us with a neat bow tied around it but this time, Twitter wasn't having it and they dragged Vogue to the ends and the earth and back again. Black Twitter does not play any games when it comes to cultural appropriation.

From slamming the reinvention of cornrows as trendy boxer braids thanks to Kim Kardashian to the emergence of #OscarsSoWhite as a response to a lack of POCs nominated at the Academy Awards, it’s clear, Black Twitter does not mind taking on the big publications over their blatant disregard of Black people and their cultural influence.

The Full Story

Back in March, Vogue published a piece titled, 'Manicure Sculptures are the most extreme nail art yet'. The piece detailed Sarah Nguyen, a NY based manicurist’s journey to “taking the world of nail art to new maximalist heights.”

The piece was dug up and reignited the debate of cultural appropriation on a trend that’s been used by people of colour for years.

Here are some of our favourite reaction from the Twittersphere.


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