In 2018, Zara announced a new product that was a “flowing skirt with draped detail in the front” selling at $90. Seemingly harmless clothing caused an uproar and mockery upon Zara. The skirt was too identical to longyi that is widely worn by men for comfort and cultural purposes in South and Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Arab world. Cultural appropriation is not a joking matter and an ethnicity’s culture should not, by any means, be used to satisfy the desire of fashion industry.

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