Many celebrities you may know have used other people's culture in a negative way. Whether it is using it as a costume, thinking it is cool to dress in a certain way, wear your hair in a certain way, or talk in a certain way because they simply think it is a "trend."

In this article, I am going to be discussing the difference between cultural appropriation and culture appreciation.

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Culture Appropriation
"It's a way of using another culture in a way that delights our imagination while stripping that group of their identity." - Unknown.

There have been many instances where the Kardashian/Jenner family have appropriated Black culture and Indigenous culture. Meaning, they took symbolic and meaningful articles of clothing, or hairstyles and stripped all the significance away. Not just the Kardashian/Jenner family have done it. Many well-known celebrities have culture appropriated and made a huge profit out of it. Many unconscious fans and the media have said these celebrities came up with these "trends" even though they have been around in specific cultures for a significant amount of time.

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Culture Appreciation
"It's about understanding the value and traditions of the symbols that are appropriated to ensure that their use is appropriate, and benefits those they belong to." - Unknown.

Appreciating culture and understanding the significant history connected to it, is so important. Although there are many problematic celebrities in Hollywood/entertainment industry, there are other celebrities who are "woke" and understand the history and significance connected to different cultures. Angelina Jolie is a good example of a celebrity culture APPRECIATING. In 2015, Angelina Jolie went to Pakistan where the women wear hijabs. To appreciate their culture and respect their values, Angelina Jolie wore a hijab, to be respectful of their customs, culture, and religion.

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I hope people who do not understand the difference between appropriating and appreciating culture has a better knowledge of the two topics. This article is not to drag any celebrities, it is to inform you about the differences between appropriating and appreciating culture.

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