Kim Kardashian accused of cultural appropriation over new hair
Kim Kardashian might have broken the internet with her famous 2014 Paper magazine shoot, but she’s trying it again with her new hairstyle.
Her latest photoshoot shows Kim dressed in all white, with long, beaded braids.
A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Jan 29, 2018 at 12:58pm PST
The variety of shots, uploaded to Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, features Kim showing off her new ‘Bo Derek’ braids, as she referred to them.
In a video posted to Snapchat, the model and businesswoman says: “So guys, I got Bo Derek braids, and I’m really into it.”
A post shared by Kim Kardashian Snapchats (@kimksnapchats) on Jan 28, 2018 at 6:57pm PST
Although many were quick to compliment Kim on her latest shots, the “Bo Derek” claim of the braids faced backlash.
Twitter users said she was ‘trolling black women’ and that she ‘did not get [her] inspiration from white women’.
They are called Fulani braids or some may even say corn rows. You could of called them either one but you called them “Bo derek” giving credit to a white woman for a black style knowing you already catch heat for culture vulturing. #KimKardashian #culturalvul pic.twitter.com/aIF4NzJ9rw
— Roses (@Teenagenature) January 29, 2018
The hairstyle originates from Nigeria and is usually known as ‘Fulani’ braids. These are a type of cornrow, and have been worn by black men and women for hundreds of years.
Kim was referencing white actress Bo Derek, who wore the hairstyle in her 1979 movie, “10.”
A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Jan 29, 2018 at 7:32pm PST
This isn’t the first time she’s faced claims of cultural appropriation, either. In June last year, Kim uploaded a photo to Twitter of herself with what seemed like a much darker skin tone, to promote her new makeup line.
Twitter users were quick to question why Kim’s skin tone had darkened, telling her she didn’t ‘have to do black face’ for promotion.
You dont have to do blackface pic.twitter.com/MLcJ5Hbg9R
— Wynters (@Sacha_Wynters) June 14, 2017
In an interview with the New York Times, Kim apologised for the photo, saying: “I would obviously never want to offend anyone. Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did.
“But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it.”
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