Why Do Katy Perry's Dancers Have Giant Fake Butts and Big Earrings?

Yesterday, some previously-unnoticed photos from Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour began making the rounds on Twitter. They depict Katy — in a leotard emblazoned with in ankh and the eye of Horus — surrounded by anonymous, faceless backup dancers in padded bodysuits. It's hard to know what the intention here was, but the… » 6/10/14 1:30pm 6/10/14 1:30pm

Designer's 'Stop Racism' Headdress Calls Out Industry Appropriation

Well, here's a pretty clear way to articulate your disgust with the fashion industry's penchant for cultural appropriation: yesterday, as part of men's fashion week in Paris, Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck sent two models down the runway in large headdresses that read "STOP RACISM." » 1/16/14 1:10pm 1/16/14 1:10pm

​Miley's BANGERZ Tour Promos Can't Go Away, Won't Go Away

Livenation just dropped a couple promos for Miley Cyrus' upcoming BANGERZ tour, and it could be considered a case study in 1) the mechanics of ass-first human movement, 2) the effects of continued not giving "AF" and cherry-picking hip-hop tokens like Mario after a Super Star power-up and, 3) my tolerance for shitty… » 11/13/13 1:10pm 11/13/13 1:10pm

Tanning Salon Is Super Thankful Native Americans 'Brought Sexy Color'

In honor of Thanksgiving, a chain of tanning salons in Alabama and Florida has launched a holiday-themed ad campaign that is both offensively stupid and stupidly offensive. "The Indians brought more than just 'CORN' to the first Thanksgiving," reads the copy, "they brought SEXY 'COLOR'!" Ugh, the unnecessary… » 11/06/13 4:50pm 11/06/13 4:50pm

American Apparel Under Fire for 'Spooky' Voodoo-Themed Window Display

American Apparel is a great place to go if you want at least one person in false glasses to stare at you while you nervously rifle through some sheer bloomers. American Apparel is not a great place to go if you enjoy respecting and honoring other cultural traditions. Case in point: the retailer has recently… » 11/01/13 12:50pm 11/01/13 12:50pm

Here Are Some Other Things To Wear On Your Head Besides a Headdress

I recently walked into Topshop and was greeted by a pack of headdress-adorned mannequins congregating around a tepee. Seriously? Big brands are still reappropriating war bonnets, even though so many prominent designers and companies have publicly apologized for doing just that? Why won't the hipster headdress die… » 6/21/13 6:45pm 6/21/13 6:45pm

Why Is Michelle Williams in Redface?

Now I've really seen it all. Michelle Williams is on the cover of AnOther Magazine, in apparent Redface. Michelle burst into the spotlight when she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Brokeback Mountain (2005). Later, she was nominated for Oscars for her work in Blue Valentine (2010) and … » 3/12/13 11:20am 3/12/13 11:20am

The Truth About Using a White Girl in the 'African Queen' Fashion Shoot

Numéro magazine has issued an apology of sorts for the African Queen editorial in the March 2013 issue, in which Ondria Hardin, a 16-year-old, blond-haired, blue-eyed model, was shot with her skin darkened. But the magazine's message — and a message from the photographer himself — only further complicate the issue. » 3/01/13 4:10pm 3/01/13 4:10pm

A Much-Needed Primer on Cultural Appropriation

This fall alone, Paul Frank served "Rain Dance Refresher" cocktails at a "Pow Wow"-themed fashion week event, ASOS debuted a "Go Native" Navajo-inspired line with cringe-inducing copy, and Karlie Kloss walked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway in a floor-length war bonnet and not much else. Why are fashion… » 11/13/12 5:00pm 11/13/12 5:00pm

Victoria's Secret's Racist Garbage Is Just Asking for a Boycott

Last week, the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion show was held in New York, recorded to air on network television on December 4. During the show, model Karlie Kloss wore a Native American headdress. Outrage at the offensive costume was immediate; over the weekend, Victoria's Secret apologized and said the televised… » 11/12/12 2:00pm 11/12/12 2:00pm

Colorado Boutique Cluelessly Uses Native American Headdresses To Sell…

The Denver-based boutique and online retailer Goldyn recently sent its fall lookbook to a variety of bloggers. The lookbook featured two models posing in front of teepees, while wearing Plains Indian-style headdresses (along with Helmut Lang sweaters, Cynthia Vincent dresses, and T by Alexander Wang dresses, of… » 11/06/12 5:45pm 11/06/12 5:45pm

Kris Jenner Emails Her Apology For That 'Indian-Giver' Comment

Last week, Kim Kardashian's momager, Kris Jenner, appeared on GMA and was asked whether or not Kim would be asked to return her large engagement ring. Jenner's response: "I hate an Indian giver. It's a gift, you know." The National Congress Of American Indians issued a statement regarding the phrase "indian giving,"… » 11/10/11 4:20pm 11/10/11 4:20pm