There’s cultural appropriate and there’s status appropriation. Kate MacKenzie has examples of both.
Allow me to assume you own a product from Apple. Did you buy it because it’s a status symbol representative of your position in an elite class of humanity? Are Apple products status symbols? They can be. Or not. It always depends upon your perspective. Can one appropriate status merely by buying a Mercedes or wearing a Rolex watch?
Yes. But that’s not the whole story. Kate’s photos are a remarkable comparison.