Summer Walker’s BET Awards outfit prompts allegations of ‘cultural appropriation’

Summer Walker had everyone staring at her BET Awards 2022 outfit, but some online accusations began accusing the singer of “cultural appropriation” and “sexualization” of Hmong culture. Page Six reports.

The barely-there outfit of the summer caused quite a stir as they walked the red carpet at the 2022 awards show.

The singer strutted the carpet in a Laurel Street look, which consisted of a mini skirt with pasties covering her nipples.

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Summer Walker’s BET Awards 2022 outfit raises eyebrows

Summer was gilded from head to toe while performing at the BET Awards. They were adorned with black crystals and adorned with gold jewelry, along with a pair of gold-plated nipple pasties.

Summer complemented the look with gold jewelry and let her long tresses flow.

The No Love singer shares her look from the awards show went to her Instagram to caption the images: “Inspired by traditional Hmong jewelry @laurelstreetdrip.”

Although they tagged the designer and admitted their source of inspiration, some people online said they were disappointed with Summer’s portrayal of Hmong culture.

Some fans have accused the singer of “sexualizing” Hmong culture.

“Adding Hmong to your caption does not apologize or correct your mistake in your previous post. Stop sexualizing our jewelry,” wrote one follower, hinting at Summer’s previous outfit.

The singer wore a similar outfit inspired by the Hmong culture for an event a few days ago.

Another user wrote: “Our jewelry has meaning and is not meant to be worn. For a great creator, she should do better.”

“Thank you for paying tribute to the Hmong people but can you please apologize for how it was styled on you, we still find it very insulting that it was worn in a way that disregards history,” wrote a third fan.

Others accused Summer of cultural appropriation.

HITC reached out to Summer for comment.

Who are the Hmong?

The Hmong are indigenous people who live there Southwest China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand regions. Their culture is extremely rich in creative embroidery and intricate jewelry that forms part of traditional dress.

There are two main cultural differences among the Hmongs of Southeast Asia, the White Hmong and the Green Hmong, which relates to women’s dress. Both groups traditionally lived in separate villages and even spoke different dialects.

In the 20th century, the Hmong of Southeast Asia became involved in conflicts such as the Vietnam War.

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