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People Aren't Happy About Valentino’s Africa-Themed Runway Show

by the editorial team Published on 7 October 2015
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Inspired by 'wild, tribal Africa' with predominantly white models...Something doesn't add up.

There's a thin line between fashion and cultural appropriation, and Valentino seems to have crossed that line. The fashion brand has landed itself right in the middle of a huge social media controversy with its Paris Fashion Week runway show and you can kind of understand why.

The show, which was inspired 'by Africa' has left many people pissed off, mainly due to the fact that only 8 of the 91 models were black women...

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While many people agree that the clothes are beautiful, it's hard to ignore the glaring contrast between the theme and models. ​Oh and to add to the cultural appropriation the white models are sporting cornrows. The backlash was clearly predictable, so it's baffling to think that no one at the fashion house thought it through. Do better next time Valentino!

Here's what people on twitter had to say.

What do you think, is it fashion or cultural appropriation? ​Tweet us @sofeminineUK

This article was written by Tolani Shoneye. Tweet her ​@tolly_t

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