Transgender Social Media Star Slammed for Appropriating Black Culture with Pink Wig

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 17, 2018 | 11:09 AM EDT

Nikita Dragun (Screenshot)

A popular transgender social media beauty expert is being accused of appropriating black culture by wearing a pink wig.

Nikita Dragun, popular for her stylish sexual appropriation of the female gender, is a social media star with 2.3 million Instagram followers and 1.2 million YouTube subscribers.

But, when he posed wearing a pink wig in an Instagram photo, Dragun sparked allegations of cultural appropriation, “Allure” magazine reports:

“Her latest Instagram photo is recalling those allegations of racial insensitivity after the wig Dragun is wearing prompted some commenters to accuse her of cultural appropriation.

“In the photo, Dragun is seen posing in Harajuku, wearing a wig in a cotton-candy-pink shade — an appropriate aesthetic choice since she's holding a huge cloud of candyfloss. What's not appropriate, some commenters are saying, is the style of the wig: long twists that many viewers felt too closely resembled locs.”

Dragun has self-identified as being of Mexican-Asian descent.

“Allure” notes that the transgender icon has been accused of similar transgressions against black culture in the past:

“Some commenters spoke up when she posted a photo wearing a look that resembled cornrows; she also sparked arguments in the comments when she posted a photo of herself wearing a multicolored wig that many insisted are locs and, thus, appropriation.”

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