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We’re all aware that cultural appropriation is alive and well. Borrowing from Black art, music and culture is a faux pas committed by many, from Miley Cyrus to Justin Bieber.

So fashionistas everywhere were quick to point out that Gucci’s new Resort/Cruise 2018 collection includes some pieces that are incredibly similar to Harlem-based designer Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan.

It’s particularly upsetting given that Gucci was praised for their celebration of diversity, featuring all Black models and dancers in their pre-Fall 2017 campaign.

Essence.com wrote about the uncanny resemblance and online bloggers posted proof. It’s hard to deny the photographic evidence as fashion editor Lindsay R. Peoples posted side-by-side pics on her Instagram account.

Dapper Dan was huge in the ’80s and ’90s and anyone familiar with his work would immediately recognize the fur bomber jacket with enormous logo and printed puffed sleeves as a total rip-off. Dan used the Louis Vuitton logo and Gucci replaced it with their own.

When creative director Alessandro Michele was asked about the Resort/Cruise 2018 line’s inspiration, he listed the Mediterranean, Greek and Roman cultures and Los Angeles as influences. But oddly enough, no mention of Dapper Dan.

Dan has dressed A-listers in the hip hop game for years, including LL Cool J, Sean P. Diddy Combs and Busta Rhymes in his unique, logo-laden creations.

Due to his unlawful use of major fashion house logos, Dapper Dan was targeted for copyright infringement, and his shop was shut down in 1992.

Dan still designs for private clients and even Louis Vuitton listed him as an inspiration behind a collaboration they did with popular shoe brand, Supreme. If only Gucci had done the same then we’d be Gucci.

Me and @LLCoolJ at the store in custom Louis Vuitton and Gucci jackets. #dapperdan #harlem

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Lupita Nyong’o Slams Magazine For Editing Out Her Kinks & Coils

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When will these magazines learn…

Lupita Nyong’o just checked Grazia UK for brazenly altering her hair to remove any trace of kink, coil or wave. The magazine had invited the stunning actress to grace the cover of their November issue, but when the photo hit the ‘net there was one thing missing … Nyong’o’s natural ponytail.

In a lengthy IG post, Lupita let’s them have it, stating in part, “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”

Read the full post below:

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.

For their part, Grazia apologized, essentially blaming the photographer.

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