This article was originally published in Mochi Magazine.
Legitimate Tech: How NFTs Are More Than Just a Buzzword for Emerging AsAm Fashion Designers, September 27, 2021
If you’ve been following @diet_prada on Instagram, or you’re at least vaguely familiar with the history of colonization, you know plagiarism and appropriation especially hurt BIPOC creatives. We’re no longer surprised to hear tales of both luxury brands and fast-fashion corporations like SHEIN and Zara shamelessly stealing designs from emerging and independent designers and, worst of all, getting away with it. So, as my college ethnic studies professor used to say many moons ago, where’s the agency here? What do we do about it?
Enter NFTs: a concept that I initially dismissed as ridiculous, then deemed too complicated for my smol brain, and now am finally accepting as the future — complexities, controversies, and all. They may be the answer to our increasingly globalized world, where the lines between authenticity and appropriation, real and fake, physical and digital, are blurring.
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