Instagram-favorite fast-fashion label Fashion Nova is coming under fire on social media for selling a “sexy” geisha Halloween costume.
A centuries-old Japanese tradition, geishas are women who have been highly trained in the arts of music, dancing and entertaining.
Given this hallowed tradition, critics are slamming Fashion Nova for cultural appropriation for its geisha costume, which costs $50 and consists of a kimono, skirt, obi sash and hair sticks. Some also worried that the costume could perpetrate a Western myth that geishas are sex workers.
“Now that it’s a spooky season that still doesn’t give you the right to dress up as a sexy native american or a sexy geisha or anything like that, happy halloween!” one Twitter user wrote.
now that it’s a spooky season that still doesn’t give you the right to dress up as a sexy native american or a sexy geisha or anything like that ,happy halloween!
— tisha (@tishshres) October 1, 2018
“Cultural appropriation isn’t hot and a culture isn’t a costume, even when it’s got ‘seductress’ or sweetheart’ in the name,” @kittunmittun wrote. “Geisha girl is bad. I could go on. Just do better. This is ridiculous.”
@Yandy ditto on the “alluring g*psy” costume because racial slur and more appropriation. Geisha