Alessandra Ambrosio Wears Native American Headdress
The Victoria's Secret Angel (who turns 33 on April 11) wore the traditional headpiece in honour of The Coachella Arts and Music Festival (which coincidentally starts on the supermodel's birthday), posting a photo of it on her Instagram account.
"Becoming more inspired for @coachella with this amazing Native American headpiece @jacquieaiche#feathers #festival #coachella #foreveronvacation#inspiration #cocar," she captioned her post.
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She may be misguided, but she's right on trend as far as Coachella goes. Festival-goers are often seen sporting the Native American headpieces, which have been deemed the "hipster headdress".
The fashion world also has a bad reputation for using these sacred "war bonnets" as stylish accessories. H&M's offering was quickly pulled from Canadian shelves last year after receiving complaints from customers, and most recently, supermodel Heidi Klum received flak for dressing up her "Project Runway" contestants in "red face" and a feathered headpiece for a photo shoot.
Ambrosio's choice to wear the headpiece was an interesting one, however, considering the protests Victoria's Secret has received from the Native American community for sending Karlie Kloss down the runway wearing an extravagant feathered headpiece and a sexy fringed bikini. VS (and Kloss) later apologized for the offensive outfit, and pulled it from their television broadcast.
Alessandra's post was, of course, a subject of controversy, especially among her Instagram followers.
"You should know the feather headdress is a sacred part of Native culture. If one is not Native, one should not adorn it..especially in such a stupid fashion (for Coachella? Seriously?)," wrote oceanpoet. "I don't know if you're racist, but this is disrespectful and ignorant."
Ambrosio has yet to respond.
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