Adele has received major backlash after she posted a picture of herself wearing a bikini and Bantu knots to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival.

The singer faced accusations of cultural appropriation after she appeared in a Jamaican flag bikini top, feathers adorning her shoulders, gold chains around her neck and wrists, and with her hair curled into tight knots.

“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” she captioned the picture shared on Instagram.


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Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲

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Bantu knots are a traditional African hairstyle that has been around for over a century. Despite its relevance to the African people, this style has often been deemed unprofessional when worn by black people but celebrated when white or fair-skinned people co-opt it. Adele’s attire led to many people calling out the singer on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.