Katy Perry still loves cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion

Metro USA (Boston) - - GOSSIP -

It’s nice that we can rely on Katy Perry to de­liver some cute and ca­sual ap­pro­pri­a­tion from time to time.

Over the week­end, the 32-year-old — who has re­peat­edly come un­der fire for her var­i­ous for­ays into ap­pro­pri­a­tion — posted a pic­ture of her­self with a new hairstyle. “Katy Kar­dashian,” she wrote, surely proud of how clever she was. Sites like Just Jared are re­fer­ring to the hairstyle as “boxer braids,” which is in­cor­rect. Those are two oversized corn­rows, a style com­monly worn by black women that are ap­par­ently now in vogue among celebri­ties like Perry and Kim Kar­dashian. On the one hand, it’s like — maybe Katy Perry, like the many stars be­fore her who bor­row from black cul­ture in a way to seem cooler — should be able to rock th­ese so-called boxer braids. On the other hand, black women are dis­cour­aged from wear­ing their hair in nat­u­ral styles such as this one, es­pe­cially in the work­place where it can of­ten be seen as “un­pro­fes­sional.”

I sup­pose there isn’t a thing that doesn’t in­spire Perry. She’s an equal op­por­tunist bor­rower.

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