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While generally celebrated for her boho style, Vanessa Hudgens has come under fire this week for experimenting with box braided hair.

The High School Musical star has been heavily criticised online for a series of Snapchats in which she showed off the look which is traditionally worn by African women because of its protective properties.

Online commentators have accused the star of cultural appropriation for sporting the ‘do.

One user wrote: “People like @VanessaHudgens, #hate true #BlackWomen, but love the #cultural, our #men, and our #music!  #Confuse (sic).”

While another said:  “Vanessa Hudgens…Queen of cultural appropriation.”

Social media users have also been quick to point out that this is not the first time the 27-year-old has been accused of adopting symbols of cultural significance for fashion-related purposes.


Lib vibes

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She has previously been pictured wearing a sari, a bindi and a Native American headdress.

However, others have defended the star by questioning why white women wearing braids is considered culturally inappropriate.

“Is it cultural appropriation when a black girl gets her hair straighten?  No?  Then why can’t we wear braids (sic)?” asked one woman.


When you try to do face paint like Beyoncé

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This line of thought was echoed by another Twitter user who wrote: “So it’s cultural appropriation when @VanessaHudgens wears braids but when @Beyonce dyes her hair blonde [it’s] ‘slaying’?”


Vanessa Hudgens gets bored very fast, if her constantly changing hairstyles are anything to go by.

This year alone she's had blonde, blue and red locks – but this 'do is her most dramatic yet!

The star debuted a striking raven black bob with a long fringe – and we have to admit, the look really suits her. It's closer to her naturally black-brown hair colour, with a real Hollywood glamour feel.


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Hairstylist Rawni Capri shared the first snap of Vanessa's new look, sharing the above picture on her Instagram account with the caption, "Deep and rich for fall, bangs and a rockin shag #favorites #901girl."

Although Vanessa is a big fan of chopping and changing her hairstyles, we reckon this newest look could be her way of prepping for her role in the iconic musical Gigi. Vanessa will play the title role when the show hits Washington, D.C. next January and February. 

The cast begin rehearsals next month, and promotional pictures show Vanessa with a hairdo very similar to her current style:

Audrey Hepburn was the first to play Gigi back in 1951, and we can definitely see a similarity between Vanessa and the iconic star!