10 things white America will sort of let us wear now…

Because it isn’t cool, interesting, acceptable, or even important until they leech onto it, right?

1. Native American Headdress – yeah, I started off with the obvious.

(FYI: “Both feathers and face paint have purpose and often spiritual significance depending on tribal protocol and individual interpretation. In Native cultures, both feathers and face paint are earned through actions and deeds that bring honor to both tribes and nations. Individuals [outside the community] who wear feathers or face paint were not given the rights or permissions to wear them. This is analogous to casually wearing a purple heart or medal of honor that was not earned.” — Dennis Zotigh, Cultural Specialist, National Museum of the American Indian)

 

2. Bougie, over-priced Chinese slippers

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(FYI: Balenciaga really tried it with this one. Considering I used to buy the REAL deal in the early 00’s for about $3 a pair, I highly doubt anything over that price should be accepted.)

 

 

 

 

 

3. “Marble pony-tail holders”

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(FYI: Urban outfitters be like… Yeah, what many Hispanics and Blacks know as “bo bos” are now being marketed as marble ponytail holders? By the way, I think I could get a pack of like 500 for that $8 value at my local hair supply store… Probably even more. YIKES!)

 

 

 

 

4. Box braids

 

(FYI: “Whether you called them box braids, kassamas braids, plaits, or dookie braids, you had to have them in your own head. Although Janet gave the box braid hairstyle notoriety, the origins of the hair form can be traced back to Egypt as far as 3500 B.C. Years later each region of Africa had its own traditional styles. In many West African countries, hair braiding developed into complex patterns signaling one’s social status, age group, and village affiliation. Certain elaborate hair treatments were reserved for ceremonial occasions like weddings and others rites of passage” (Essence Magazine).

 

5. “Urban Tie Caps”

 

(FYI: These are actually called Du-rags, doorags, etc. Normally worn by males, typically to get some “waves” going or tame down a fresh cut. Click here to learn more about the history/appreciation of it from a source we ALL can agree on: Buzzfeed.)

 

 

6. Baby hairs

(FYI: Box braids took precedent over the cornrows in this list because, well, I actually don’t have an answer. Please stop wearing corn rows for fashion. Anyways, baby hairs. Ah. yes. The natural hair that is the very thin line I straddle between looking like an alien with a 10-head and looking normal with a 5-head. As a child, gelling down baby hairs was always a style, but mostly in Hispanic and black communities and mainly to tame unruly frizz/calm edges. Usually, it resulted in some jokes or stares – even questions from other cultures. Now, look! Baby hairs are for everybody and it’s a “new trend”…I feel like Oprah should be handing them out in her crowds.)

 

7. “Vintage Hooded Dashiki”

(FYI: There’s no such thing as what is described in this photo in the reality they don’t care to talk about.

The dashiki was worn as a way to protest society’ s disrespect for African Americans. It was a symbol of affirmation, it stood for “black is beautiful,” and signaled a return to African roots, and insistence on full rights in American society. The militancy of the 1960s may have faded, but the dashiki has not. It still serves as a symbol of Africanness within American culture, especially during Kwanzaa and Black History Month.”)

 

8. Dreadlocks

(FYI: This one is a bit tricky because the people from the culture where “dreads” originated are somehow still looked at sideways, if they “wear dreads” in professional settings. Many white Americans have begun the process of knotting their hair in a way to rebel, “stand out”, “be one with nature”, and other confusing reasons. Also, dreadlocks dating back to the Egyptians and dreadlocks for Rastafarians are two separate histories that you should read more about here.)

 

9. Grills/Gold Fronts/Gold Teeth

(FYI: Wearing grills for fashion was obviously started within the hip hop culture, but you already knew that… Right? Anyways, why give you a lecture, when Vice has an amazing in-depth article on gold teeth!)

 

 

 

10. Kimonos

(FYI: “The kimono is representative of Japan’s culture and heritage, and there are different types of kimono worn to complement every season and occasion.” If you’re not allowed to wear the real deal, might as well make a new line inspired by it… Right?)

 

 

 

 

On behalf of everyone not a part of this country’s declining 62%, thank you for making all of these cultures more present in the media. How can we ever repay you?

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