A History of Racism in Fashion

The Harajuku Girls

Year: 2004

Gwen Stefani has cemented her place in the pop star canon, but the Harajuku Girls thing was enough to make even the most insensitive person squirm a little bit. A beautiful white celebrity being tailed by a gaggle of nameless Asian women who dance at her request? Stefani claimed she was paying homage to the stylish girls and women of the Harajuku district in Tokyo, but the fact that the Harajuku Girls were "forbidden" from speaking in public sorta said it all.

Tags: fashion, racism
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