Between Matt Damon's new Great Wall movie, Scarlett Johansson's Ghost In The Shell controversy, and Karlie Kloss's geisha-themed Vogue spread, the topic of Asian culture in art and cinema has come to the forefront. Now, American supermodel Chrissy Teigen (who is half-Norwegian and half-Thai) is opening up with some opinions on the issue.
In an interview with E! News held at the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 launch party, Teigen was asked about her opinions on cultural appropriation. Her answer had some nuance: "I think its really important to start embracing people...seeing them in roles that are not necessarily 'That Asian Girl' or 'That Asian Boy' ... I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models, and I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines."
But, more specifically, Teigen added the following about cultural appropriation: "I personally am not offended by cultural appropriation of any sort because I feel like it does pay homage, but at the same time there are a lot of beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Asian women that could do the same thing."
This is an interesting interpretation of the issue, considering Teigen has been outspoken about diversity in the past. She has previously commented on the lack of diversity at the Miss USA pageant, for example, using her signature brand of blunt sarcasm:
Nonetheless, Teigen is happy to see her success helping to rep her homeland: "It's really nice to be able to come up in a magazine and make your people proud ... My mom every day is like 'Oh my god, Thailand is so excited that you're in the issue!' and I'm like 'Oh my god, Thailand knows about me!'"
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