American Apparel, Hot TopicSeptember 3rd, 2008
To quote ANTM’s Yaya, that is some “fake kente” cheapness.
OK, so I checked out my favorite spot for basics over Labor Day weekend and guess what I saw … African print dresses. Pretty cool, right? Well, maybe.
My beef, American Apparel has not used a single Black model to help advertise the new print, despite the fact that it’s all over their Web site in tube dresses, bras, headbands and yes, more leggings.
Is it bad that the company doesn’t use any Black models to sell these African inspired items? Or would it be worse and “called racism” had they used a Black model?
Indeed, I don’t really really mind because hopefully African designs will become more mainstream. But c’mon AA, a Black face would be nice.
What’s your opinion? Do you even like?
Fashionwise, I want to wear more African prints, but I want some authentic ish, not a knock-off from some European designer who thinks of it as a fad.