Vanessa Hudgens is known as the "Queen of Coachella," but she's slowly gaining a reputation as the "Queen of Cultural Appropriation."

In basic terms, cultural appropriation is when members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group — meaning they might not have a right to practice that culture's traditions. 

The 27-year-old is obviously not the only celebrity who has been critiqued for cultural appropriation, but we have noticed that she tends to do it a lot.

Don't believe us? Here are just a few incidents where Hudgens has been accused of cultural appropriation, ranked by how objectively terrible they are:


That time she put a dreamcatcher in her hair.

Dreamcatchers are a Native American object used to trap bad dreams. Although Hudgens is of Native American descent, people still found issue with her using the dreamcatcher as a hair accessory. 

As one Instagram user pointed out, “Even though she is part Native American, using a dreamcatcher as ‘hair jewelry’ is not done. If someone can tell me a tribe who does it I will take it back. But until then she is constantly pulling this type of stuff with multiple cultures and I don't like it.”


That time she wore face paint at a music festival.

When you try to do face paint like Beyoncé ????

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According to the caption on this photo, Hudgens took inspiration from Beyoncé's Lemonade to create the face paint design. The problem is that the artwork from Lemonade has spiritual undertones. 

Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo used his signature Yoruba body paint to perform "The Sacred Art of the Ori." This spiritual experience involves Senbanjo painting his muse and connecting with their soul.


That time she wore faux box braids.

This is Hudgens' most recent offense; she chose to wear a lace-front wig of box braids. After posting the image on her Snapchat, social media users called her out for wearing the popular Black natural hairstyle. 

As South African girls are busy protesting their school's racist hair policies and a law is being passed to ban dreadlocks from the workplace, this seems more than a little insensitive coming from a white woman. African Americans often aren't able to wear their hair in styles that they created, so seeing others outside of their culture get the opportunity to do so is disheartening.


That time she dressed up in a sari for a party.

Hudgens received a lot of flack for wearing a traditional Indian garment and headdress for what she described as an "Arabian night" birthday party. Considering that saris can be worn to conserve Hindu culture and express spirituality, using the clothing as a costume is viewed as disrespectful.


That time she wore a bindi to Coachella.

We should actually say times, because Hudgens wearing bindis on her forehead has become an ongoing occurrence. She's become famous for sporting the Indian forehead accessory during her annual trips to Coachella, to the point where the cultural symbol has increasingly become seen as a fashion accessory at music festivals, rather than a significant aspect of Hindu culture. 

We're sure Hudgens doesn't intentionally go out of her way to culturally appropriate, but it's time for her to stop treating other people's cultures as a costume. It's just not cute.