B was wearing a shirt and trousers instead of salwar kameez today, so I asked her about it. She said she used to wear a shirt and trousers always until she came to work for the community centre where she thought it was more appropriate to wear salwar kameez. I mentioned that I thought salwar kameez were beautiful, a more flattering kind of clothes for women and that unfortunately I thought that non-Asian women looked pretentious in them or I'd wear one.

She didn't say anything but looked at me. For the first time ever, I realised how I had fetishised salwar kameez (something I judge other non-Asian liberal women for doing). Of course western clothes can look just as flattering, just as beautiful, but I preferred the 'exotic' salwar kameez. Quelle hypocrite!

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