Kim Kardashian-West has a long-standing affiliation with backlash regarding her frequent attempts to embody the African American culture, mainly black women. Since coming onto the scene, the KUWTKstar, along with her sisters Kylie, Khloe, Kendall and Kourtney have all been accused of cultural appropriation.
On numerous occasions, the Kardashian clan have been accused of trying to be black women. Younger sister Kendall Jenner was slammed three years ago across social media for a photoshoot she did with Vogue due to an “afro” hairstyle she was photographed in.
Months later, Kendall was accused of being a “culture vulture” with her sister, Kylie by Voletta Wallace (Notorious B.I.G. mother) after the two released several clothing items featuring the late rapper.
Like her sister, Khloe Kardashian was called out four years ago for sporting a Bantu knot hairstyle. Khloé originally posted the photo with the caption, “Bantu Babe,” and then promptly deleted it and posted another photo captioned: “I like this one better.”
Fans from Twitter and Instagram were in an uproar about the disrespect the KUWTK star was showing by wearing a hairstyle another culture is often ridiculed for. In 2019, Khloe posted yet another picture adorning a curly blonde crown that resembled a hairstyle often seen worn by singers like Diana Ross, Ciara and Beyoncé.
Everything from the men they date, their bi-racial children, body shapes/features, and hairstyles have all been called out by the black community. Now it seems Kim Kardashian is back in the hot seat once again for her latest hairstyle.
Just two days after Black History Month ended, KKW posted a picture of herself with some blond Fulani braids she was once accused of calling “Bo Derek Braids.” Fans instantly took issue once again after the mother of four previously misrepresented the origin of the braids prior to this occurrence.
One person wrote, “Girl just because black history month is over does not mean you can culturally appropriate. Smh.”
Aisha.livess captioned, “She’s isn’t black so stop calling her ‘black queen.’ She can rock the hairstyles or whatever but it does not make her a black woman. Goodbye.”
In 2018, KKW was originally seen sporting Fulani braids that are inspired by East and West African women. When posting her new hairstyle, she credited the actress Bo Derek, who sported the look in the 70’s. The black community immediately slammed the model for once again trying to whitewash the black culture.
Singers and siblings, Brandy & Ray J recently appeared on The Talk where they were asked about Kardashian-West and her constant cultural appropriation she’s being accused of. Brandy, known for sporting braids the majority of her career felt she wasn’t doing anything malicious wearing them and due to their convenience, everyone should wear them.
Ex-boyfriend Ray J also defended her and felt her decision to sport was her way of paying homage to a culture both her husband, Kanye West and four children North, Saint, Chicago and Pslam are a part of.
Two days after posting herself in the Fulani braids, Kardashian posted another picture on Wednesday sporting another braided hairstyle while wearing some of her husband Yeezy season 8 clothing. Kardashian-West defended her choice in style stating her reason for wearing it was to connect with her daughter, North West.
“My daughter actually loves braids, like this last time I wore them. She helps me pick out a look and will show me pictures,” Kardashian-West said. “I just think if it comes from a place of love and you’re using it as cultural inspiration it is okay.
From the comments received, it could be said people feel the same from the previous picture posted.