Here’s why Adele wore Bantu bows, a Jamaican bikini top, and other carnival clothing


“Happy what Notting Hill Carnival would be like, my dear London,” the English singer wrote in her caption, referring to the second largest carnival in the world, which usually takes place around this time in the streets of West London.In her post, the “Hello” singer wore the traditional African hairstyle and bikini top as a tribute to the carnival, which celebrates Caribbean culture and interracial tolerance. The event would have taken place on August 30 and 31, but is completely virtual this year due to the cornoavirus pandemic.

The singer was quickly accused of cultural appropriation by some users for the hairstyle and the top.

Other users poked fun at the Grammy winner’s spending, comparing her look to the Cynthia doll from the Nickelodeon cartoon “Rugrats” and remixing her classic hits with dancehall and reggae beats.

Notting Hill Carnival began its first celebration in 1966 and was hosted by activist Rhaune Laslett, whose intention was to create a celebration that would bring together different cultures and encourage integration into the neighborhood’s diverse community.


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