The story, trending right now, is about 18 year-old Keziah Ginger Daum who visited a vintage shop in downtown Salt Lake City and chose a qipao, a traditional Chinese dress that has become a cultural symbol of Chinese female empowerment. In the week since Daum posted her prom photos on Twitter, her outfit has come to symbolize a debate over cultural appropriation. Many online have called her out for ignoring the history of the qipao and turning her prom into just another instance of white people wearing offensive things.
Please cut the girl some slack; she didn’t choose and wear the dress with the intention of “showing my appreciation to other cultures”, or “because I admired it and its cultural history”. There is not much she could find from her tribal history in the icy caves of the Caucasus Mountains. These folks can not come up with anything decent, anything original; they are incapable of creating anything new, despite the claims. It’s just pure luck that she didn’t pretend to have designed the dress herself.