If we know anything about the Kardashian family, it’s that they are incredibly controversial. Fans of the Keeping Up With The Kardashian stars applaud them for being fearless, independent, and successful business moguls with close ties to their families.
Their detractors criticize the reality TV stars for stealing ideas from unknown creative artists, for showing off their flashy lifestyles and massive wealth, and for appropriating other cultures’ fashions and hairstyles on a frequent basis. Kylie Jenner is in the spotlight for this misstep once again.
Fashion photographers the Morelli Brothers took to Instagram to show off the results of a recent photoshoot. The subject: Kylie Jenner. The results: highly controversial. In the image, Kylie wears a pale green top with a green flannel button-up shirt. Her two blonde ponytails arranged in small twists.
The image angered many who felt Kylie was appropriating an African-American hairstyle, with some commentators calling the family “desperate” to be Black. Kylie removed the photo from her own Instagram, but the Morelli Brothers left it up.
According to Kylie and the Morelli Brothers, the photoshoot was not meant to invoke the Black community or Black fashion. They both claim that it was musician Gwen Stefani who was the inspiration for Kylie’s look.
Gwen had a very heavy Japanese Harajuku phase in the early 2000s. She employed backup dancers that she called the Harajuku Girls, incorporated the Japanese style into her own wardrobe, and launched a Harajuku inspired fashion line L.A.M.B. — named after the backup dancers’ first initials.
The revelation that Kylie’s photoshoot used Gwen’s Harajuku style as inspiration doesn’t exactly help to ease the anger of those who feel offended, however. The former No Doubt frontwoman has also been accused of appropriating other cultures.
Her foray into the world of the Japanese Harajuku style has been heavily criticized for almost two decades. The singer has said the phase was born out of love and respect for the style. Gwen claims she worked with the girls personally at the time.
Kylie does have a little bit of a connection with Gwen, which could very well have caused her to want to honor the pop star. When the makeup mogul was only 8 years old, Gwen was the first concert she had ever attended.
The Keeping Up With Kardashians star was pulled onstage with a group of girls to sing the chorus of Gwen’s song “Hollaback Girl.” Kylie shared video of the moment in 2016, proudly announcing this helped her get onto Gwen’s concert DVD.