In September, the Native community sprang into action voicing our collective outrage after we were assailed by Paul Frank’s ‘neon pow-wow’ Fashion night, complete with war-painted employees and C-list celebrities donning feather headbands, armed with plastic tomahawks. In response, Paul Frank apologized, and the company pulled all Native imagery from their stores as well as online. They also announced that they will be hiring a Native designer to create a new line, with earnings going toward a Native charity.
Yet the barrage of attacks against Native American culture and identity continues to escalate. The usual parade of offensive Native American ‘costumes’ we’re typically forced to endure every Halloween was even more pronounced this year, as were the insults and racial epithets aimed at Natives who dared to demand respect for their Native identity, spiritual beliefs, and culture.
Just last week, No Doubt released a video for it’s latest single,’Looking Hot.’ To our dismay, the video turned out to be little more than a Native appropriation extravaganza, paying homage to cheap, inaccurate, stereotypical Dime Store turkey feather accoutrements and the hypersexualization of Native women. Natives once again stepped up to the plate to defend their cultural dignity, and No Doubt apologized, pulling the video from circulation.
Now, Victoria’s Secret has upped the ante. Wednesday night, their fashion show featured model Karlie Kloss in a leopard print bikini accessorized with turquoise jewelry and fringe covered heels, strutting down the catwalk in a floor-length, feathered war bonnet."
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Ruth Hopkins: Victoria's Secret: Bikini War Bonnet Disaster
(Last Real Indians 11/8)
There's No Doubt that will cause controversy: Karlie Kloss dons a Native American headpiece as she walks the runway at Victoria's Secret Show
(The Daily Mail 11/8)
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