Before you wear that costume ask yourself…
IS THE COSTUME SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTING AN ENTIRE CULTURE? Cultures aren’t costumes. Ever.
DOES THE COSTUME PERPETUATE HARMFUL STEREOTYPES?
That Pocahontas outfit you wore as a little cutie? It’s considered offensive to the Native Americans who felt the movie misrepresented their history. A character like Moana, on the other hand, is largely considered a positive representation of Polynesian people, so dressing up as her is far less likely to offend.
DOES THE COSTUME INVOLVE CHANGING YOUR SKIN COLOUR?
‘Blackface’ is a racist tradition in which white people paint their faces darker to resemble the skin of another race or culture. If you choose to paint your skin, the hurt you cause will be real. Wanna dress as Moana? Choose characteristics that aren’t related to skin colour, because skin colour is never a costume.