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Zara Called Out for Cultural Appropriation for Its "Check Mini Skirt"

"Literally ANY Indian person could've pointed out in two minutes what the problem is with this."

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Fast-fashion retailer Zara is getting backlash on the Internet for selling a brown "check mini skirt" that ties at the front and some people say resembles a lungi, a garment typically worn in South and Southeast Asian cultures.

A man photographed with his lungi.
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People called out the brand after photos of the style circulated on Tuesday, with some saying the company appropriated South Asian fashion without acknowledging the inspiration.

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Others took issue with the $90 price tag, comparing it with the inexpensive cost of an actual lungi.

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It's not the first time Zara has been in hot water for its controversial fashions. In 2014, it sold a children's striped shirt with a six-pointed yellow star, resembling uniforms worn by concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust, and, in 2017, it pulled a denim skirt featuring a symbol that resembled "Pepe the Frog," which became synonymous with the alt-right movement and anti-Semitic hate groups.

A representative for Zara didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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