Honestly, sometimes we really marvel at the bubble the fashion world has fashioned around itself.
Pharrell Williams covers the July 2014 issue of ELLE UK magazine photographed by Doug Inglish.
Did no one raise their hand during the planning stages and say, “Y’know, this might be a problem for some people?”
Look, we can’t think of anything more condescending on our parts than to get outraged on behalf of Native Americans, when in all honesty, we couldn’t even tell you whether that headdress is culturally accurate - or even what specific tribe it comes from. It’s for others to say whether this is an outrage or not. The concept of cultural appropriation gets harder and harder to discuss as we move ever-closer to a worldwide culture with each passing day. Is it significant that this is a British magazine cover showing this? We don’t know if we can answer that. It’s also not for us to defend it either, except to say that at least it was used as an accent (because we think it would’ve been worse if they did him up in war paint and buckskin) and a seemingly well-intentioned play on the fact that he’s known for over-sized head gear. And we have to say, it does make for a beautiful picture.
But yes, it does make us vaguely uncomfortable every time we look at it.
[Photo Credit: Doug Inglish for ELLE UK Magazine]