So this is pretty gross. I found this while flipping through the newest issue of New York Magazine. They have a section called The Look Book, which is meant to feature an average New Yorker with a particularly interesting sense of style. They show off their look, and do a brief interview about what inspires them.
This woman’s look is cultural appropriation and her inspiration is “omg I just love India so much”
Anja Ploetz, Photographer’s Agent
Yeah, I love saris. I’m just so into it.
How’d you get into it?
Three years ago I went to India for the first time. When I came back to Paris— that’s where I live—I started wearing saris. Now it’s been two years of only wearing Indian dresses.
How many do you have?
Do you go to India regularly?
Two or three times a year. I’m so crazy about it that I’ve started learning Hindi.
Are the bracelets from there too?
Yes, they’re traditionally for newly married women in Rajasthan.
Are you married?
No, I just love them.
And the bindi?
Married Indian women all have the red spot, but now even young and unmarried women wear bindis. It goes with the sari. And it’s also protection— the third eye.
Do you like Indian men?
Yeah, but I’m in a partnership as if we’re married. He’s not Indian, but he brought me there and he likes it a lot.
What’s your apartment like?
It’s mixed style. Classical French combined with an Indian touch, like me.
Wait, New York Magazine showcased a white woman wearing a sari in their “look book” section as if it was new thing? This happened in year 2012? So Indian women literally wear saris for centuries or something; but a white woman does it and it’s suddenly some new thing? I shouldn’t be surprised — but the slap-in-the-face of it is so stinging.