The ‘fox-eye’ beauty trend recently exploded on social media for being the new eye look to try. But are you aware it plays off the shape and size of Asian eyes? And that’s, um, problematic. This complicated relationship is called cultural appropriation.
By now, you’ve probably seen even more recent examples of cultural appropriation (i.e. Trader Joe’s packaging, a hip-hop yoga studio and most Kardashian-related stories). Or perhaps it’s come up in an uncomfortable conversation with someone close to you. Regardless, it's probably time you learn about how harmful cultural appropriation can be. Here, we break down what the term means and show how it can be found everywhere from the beauty world to the sports arenas.