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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2016 Under Fire For Cultural Appropriation

'Stick to thongs that don't have cultural references.'

02/12/2016 15:34 GMT

Victoria’s Secret has been accused of cultural appropriation over lingerie in its 2016 Fashion Show.

In an article titled ‘Why Can’t Victoria’s Secret Stop Designing Racist Lingerie?’ - which has now been taken down online - Cosmopolitan writer Helin Jung called out the brand for taking inspiration from China and Mexico.

“Even as the world gets more connected, a sexist, patriarchal, mostly white corporation continues to take what it wants for its own gain,” she wrote.

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Jung also suggested the brand were trying to target Chinese consumers, following the rise of the country as a major world power.

“What condescension, for Victoria’s Secret to think that by wrapping a model in a dragon, it could connect directly with a new consumer in China,” she said.

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Finally, she added that Victoria’s Secret should “stick to thongs that don’t have cultural references.”

This isn’t the first time VS have come under for cultural appropriation, facing a backlash in 2012 after Karlie Kloss modelled a Native American-style headdress on the runway.

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The Huffington Post UK has reached out to Victoria’s Secret and Cosmopolitan for comment.

See more photos from the VS Fashion Show 2016 below:

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