Naomi Campbell and Alexandra Burke defended Adele over claims of cultural appropriation, following a barrage of criticism for her image celebrating Notting Hill Carnival.
The Hello songstress faced a wave of criticism from social media users after she posted a snap on Instagram showing her in a Jamaican flag bikini top along with her hair in Banut knots.
Underneath, she wrote: "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London GBJM."
The annual festival, which was first held in 1966, was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic – but Adele celebrated from her home in Beverly Hills.
Users soon shared their thoughts, accusing Adele of cultural appropriation.
One commented: "If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele gives us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.
"This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it.”
While another noted: "This hair is totally unnecessary. Bantu knots are not for you. Period.”
However, a number of celebrities quickly jumped to Adele's defence including Alexandra Burke.
The X Factor winner told the BBC's Carnival tribute show: "I see the picture. She looks hot. She's obviously been working on her body, that for me is a big deal. She's looking good.
"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. All I’m saying is the girl looked good, leave her. Allow her, man.
"If Popcaan is going to endorse it and say yes my girl you’re wearing the flag and you’re wearing it well. Let her live her best life, leave her alone. We love Adele."
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Meanwhile, supermodel Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, commented with two love heart emojis and two pictures of the Jamaican flag.
Tottenham’s Labour MP David Lammy dubbed accusations against Adele “poppycock”.
He explained: "This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dress up’ or ‘masquerade’.
"Adele was born and raised in Tottenham, she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters."
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