Kim Kardashian who is both loved and loathed by many is no stranger to controversy. The mother of 4 has been accused of “cultural appropriation” so many times that it’s almost a norm every few months. From her exaggerated curves back in 2014 to her “Bo Derek” braids, Kim Kardashian who is a white Armenian-American woman has been slammed so many times for stealing and capitalising off of black culture.
BRAIDS: Kim K found herself at the centre of a “cultural appropriation” row on social media over yet another hairstyle. After the 39-year-old reality tv star shared pictures of herself rocking braids, at her husband Kanye’s Yeezy show in February 2020, she received a lot of criticism. The majority rushed to Twitter to voice their concerns over the bombshell’s new hair-do, with many saying her hairstyle was ripping off “black culture”. Some called her out to stop appropriating black culture, While others called her out for changing the name of the hairstyle and making it her own. Just like she called African Banku knots ‘space buns’.” in 2018 after rocking the style for the first time.
2. BANKU BRAIDS: In 2018, Kim K wore her hair in long braids to the MTV Movie and TV Awards. After sharing a video showing off her hairstyle on Twitter, people were quick to respond with cries of cultural appropriation, while others thought her privilege was showing. This wouldn’t be the first time the reality star is accused of cultural appropriation. In January of the same year, she posted a video on social media wearing platinum blond braids accessorised with white beads at the ends. introducing her new hairstyle in the video, she called it the Bo Derek braids. “So guys, I did Bo Derek braids, and I’m really into it.”
Social media’s unapproving response to her new look was swift. To add salt to injury, The Shade Room reposted the clip where it even got much more negative response as some quickly pointed out that what she called Bo Derek are actually African braids. Unbeknown to Kardashian, she was rocking Fulani braids, a hairstyle inspired by the Fulani people of East and West Africa. The hairstyle have been worn by women of colour for centuries.
3. THIN NOSE & LARGE LIPS: In 2019, Kim was accused of cultural appropriation after she posted a photo of her 90s-inspired make-up line. Majority of people on social media claimed she looked exceptionally unrecognisable. In the images, she appeared with a much thinner nose and bigger pout. Kim was also targeted with comments of cultural appropriation, with some pointing out that just because she married Kanye doesn’t give her the right to appropriate black features.
4. DARK SKIN: Kim Kardashian also came under fire for appearing darker than usual in the same beauty promo photos for her then-new make-up line, KKW Beauty. On June 14 2017, the reality TV star’s photos that unveiled s the first KKW Beauty product, Creme Contour & Highlight Kit, landed her in trouble and got people talking before the brand even launched. Many Twitter users immediately pointed out that she looked a lot darker in the photo than usual. While users accused the reality star of blackface, Some others pointed out how heavily photoshopped the pictures looked.
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