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Dear Vogue, Have a seat...

Like everything else "they" "discovered". 

Like everything else "they" "discovered". 

Cultural appropriation, Gentrification, Columbusing....whatever it is you want to call it. This fuckshit has been going on since Columbus himself came in the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria in 1492. This essay is not going to be a rant about white people and their unoriginality. It is more of how they continuously do the act of swag jacking over and over again. To be honest, it is to be expected. I mean, look at Coachella...

While white people have become comfortable with "borrowing" everything from Black/Brown/People of Color since Lucifer fell from grace, there is one MAJOR FAUX PAS that I have to call out. That my friends, is this catastrophe...

I am really going to need Vogue Magazine and Anna Wintour to get the ENTIRE fuck out of my face and the other several faces of people that made this boot a staple in the hood. This is peak white mediocrity and Vogue should be ashamed of themselves with this bullshit. 

In Vogue's defense, they did not say this boot was a new trend. However, to deem Karlie Kloss the redeemer of this "new" spring accessory is very ridiculous. Get any 80s baby, (male or female) from any neighboring urban area and they will explain how they had to beg their momma for a fresh pair of Constructs. I am pretty sure Vogue and Karlie Kloss didn't know that Constructs is the OG name for this particular style of Timberland boot. It is very discrediting to my 90s Hip Hop heroes like Biggie and Tupac for Vogue to claim this look of Timbs, jeans and a white tee to be a future classic...

My sentiments exactly...

My sentiments exactly...

Timberland boots have been a urban fashion piece since the early 90s.  For that same amount of time, female artists like Aaliyah have pulled off wearing Timbs with an abundance of femininity. If Vogue wanted to give credit where credit is due, mention the new school of urban music sirens such as Rihanna if they wanted that headline to make sense. But, like everything else, borrowing from black/brown culture seems to be commonplace and we never get the credit we deserve. Giving Karlie Kloss props for bringing Timberland boots to the mainstream is the equivalent of giving McCormick spices props for introducing Adobo to the masses. Chill, B.  

Timberland Boots has been Hip Hop's most essential fashion staple. For many people, it is more than just a boot. It is a status symbol. Nothing said "Drug Dealer Fresh" like some crispy ass constructs. Sorry Vogue, this is something that not even Andre Leon Talley can help in. Something's are better left alone.

 

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