Adele has been slammed for cultural appropriation after donning a Jamaican flag string bikini top to mark the cancelled Notting Hill Carnival.
In a picture shared to her Instagram, the songstress, posing in the garden of her $9.5million Beverly Hills home, wore her hair in Bantu knots leading some to slam the choice as ‘insensitive’.
The hairstyle – small, coiled buns secured against the side of the head – is associated with people of African descent.
Some claimed the Rolling in the Deep singer was profiting off black culture by sporting the style – along with a Jamaican flag-themed yellow, black and green halterneck top.
Others rushed to her defence, claiming it wasn’t offensive and she ‘just wanted to show off her epic weight loss’.
Joining in the defense of the star were DJ Ace and Destra on 1Xtra, who spoke on Monday morning about the picture – insisting the image was not offensive
Adele, who celebrated in the garden of her Beverly Hills home, captioned the post: ‘Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London.’
The carnival – an annual celebration of Caribbean culture – moved online for the first time this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adele is said to have lost the weight due to a 1,000 calorie a day diet and by upping her exercise.
She wowed fans when she showed off her dramatic transformation on her 32nd birthday in May.
She revealed her transformation is the result of a self-help book that led her to find ‘joy and freedom’.
The pop star wrote in an Instagram post last month that reading Untamed, Stop Pleasing, Start Living by Glennon Doyle proved life-changing for her.
She shared a snap of the book’s cover and said if her followers wanted to make changes they should buy a copy.
The Someone Like You singer said: ‘If you’re ready – this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream. I am so ready for myself after reading this book!
‘It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew!
‘I never knew that I am solely responsible for my own joy, happiness and freedom!! Who knew our own liberation liberates those around us? Cause I didn’t!!
‘I thought we were meant to be stressed and disheveled, confused and selfless like a Disney character! ProBloodyFound!! You’re an absolute don Glennon.’
The book is described by Waterstones as ‘part inspiration, part memoir, it explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us.’