Vanessa Hudgens never fails to make a maxi dress or printed co-ords look oh-so-chic. When it comes to her personal style, the Coachella Queen and Disney alum makes headlines whenever she's out and about. This time though, after posting a series of self-portraits in her signature boho look, she has become the subject of accusations relating to cultural appropriation for wearing a purple dreamcatcher in her long curly locks.
The actress, who’s currently under fire for allegedly disrespecting Native American culture, received outraged comments on her Instagram account. One user replied, “Why are you like this? You constantly go out of your way to disrespect cultures to look boho. It’s rude as f–k. Don’t put dreamcatchers on your hair.”
Meanwhile, her fans also came to her defense and shared their two cents on the issue.
“Gorgeous and so culturally representative of all people with all of your stunning fashion choices. I too am a Native American woman and so proud to see a symbol of our culture capturing beauty,” one fan commented.
"As a Native American woman, I can easily say that this really isn't offensive at all. The dream catcher in my culture is a beautiful piece that serves a great purpose. It represents positivity and surpresses any negativity (a.k.a. bad dreams). I think she looks great and I think we should be focusing on more important issues than what a celebrity has in her hair," another wrote.
The controversial dreamcatcher headpiece was handmade by a local-based online store called Purple Beetle. As of writing, Vanessa has not taken down the original post nor commented on the issue.