British store Topshop accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ over Palestinian-style playsuit

The playsuit is mimics the typically Palestinian keffiyeh, a checkered scarf. (Photo courtesy: topshop.com)
Updated 05 April 2017

British store Topshop accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ over Palestinian-style playsuit

DUBAI: British retail store Topshop, which has outlets around the world, is being accused of cultural appropriation by Twitter users angry over an outfit in its latest collection.
The retailer has come under fire online for its “Scarf Playsuit” which uses the same print as a Palestinian keffiyeh, a checkered scarf which is imbued with historical and cultural meaning for many Palestinians.
“Get festival-ready with this cute playsuit in monochrome scarf print with knot tie neck detail,” the website description reads. “Team with sliders for perfect summer-cool.”
Many social media users are accusing the brand of appropriating Palestinian culture.

“Probably the worst cultural appropriation yet. @topshop are charging $75 for this “scarf playsuit,” which is a Palestinian keffiyeh print,” one user said.
Another posted: “Topshop is ugly as hell for this. it’s a keffiyeh not a … scarf playsuit. there is so much meaning and spilled blood behind this.”

The brand has been accused of cultural appropriation before, over its line of Native American-inspired outfits.


Model Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik welcome baby girl

Updated 24 September 2020

Model Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik welcome baby girl

DUBAI: A big congratulations is in order for new parents Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik. The part-Palestinian supermodel and former One Direction star announced on Wednesday night, in the US, that they welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.

“Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world,” wrote Hadid in a statement, sharing the exciting news with her 58.5 million Instagram followers. “So in love.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love

A post shared by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on

Malik, however, could not put his feelings into words. He wrote: “Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful. To try put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task.”

“The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together,” he added.

News first broke about the 25-year-old’s pregnancy in April. Shortly after TMZ reported that Hadid was expecting her first child with the British-Pakistani star, the supermodel appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to confirm the news.

“Congratulations on expecting a baby!” Fallon told Hadid, who replied,  “Thank you so much. Obviously we wished we could have announced it on our own terms, but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes.”

Hadid and Malik were first linked together in 2015. On and off throughout the years, the couple reconciled in the public eye earlier this year.