Naomi Campbell, Zoe Saldana defend Adele's carnival outfit amid 'cultural appropriation' claims

Naomi Campbell, Zoe Saldana defend Adele's carnival outfit amid 'cultural appropriation' claims
Photo credit: Getty, Instagram/Adele

Naomi Campbell, Zoe Saldana and several other celebrities have given Adele's controversial carnival outfit a thumbs up amid a wave of backlash and accusations of cultural appropriation.

The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker shared a snap on Instagram in tribute to London's cancelled Notting Hill Carnival, which celebrates British West Indian community, in which she donned a Jamaican flag bikini and wore her hair in Bantu knots - a traditional African hairstyle. 

"This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it," journalist Ernest Owens wrote on Twitter.  

Many other social media commentators echoed that response, with one telling Adele: "Bantu knots are not for you. Period." 

Meanwhile, British supermodel Naomi Campbell, who has a Jamaican-born mother, chimed in with emojis of love hearts and the Jamaican flag on Adele's Instagram post. 

Actor Zoe Saldana, who's father was of Haitian and Dominican descent also approved, telling Adele: "You look right at home guurrrl!"

Jamaican X Factor winner Alexandra Burke pointed out that Adele's upbringing in Tottenham would have had a profound impact on her culturally. 

"As a Jamaican girl myself, my girl has grown up in black culture. People forget she’'s from Tottenham. She probably eats jerk chicken all the time like all of us," Burke said on a BBC radio carnival tribute show. 

"All I'm saying is the girl looked good, leave her. Allow her, man." 

Tottenham MP David Lammy rubbished claims of cultural appropriation, saying those making them "totally missed the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of 'dress up' or ' masquerade'". 

"Adele was born and raised in Tottenham [so] she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters," he wrote.