Kim Kardashian Slammed for Cultural Appropriation After Wearing Cornrows
The Kardashian-Jenners have (thankfully) been pretty quiet on the cultural appropriation front for a few months now, but you know those ladies simply couldn’t go too long without doing something offensive. This time, it’s Kim Kardashian West who’s being slammed for racism after she wore her hair in cornrows with beads at the ends and credited Bo Derek, a white actress who wore the same style in the 1979 movie 10, for being her inspiration.
The 37-year-old showed off her new ‘do on Snapchat over the weekend saying, “So guys, I did Bo Derek braids and I’m really into it.”
— Neil (@KimKWestForever) January 29, 2018
Cornrows are a “traditional African style of hair grooming” that people of color have been oppressed for wearing for decades. So not only is it problematic that Kim put her hair in braids, but also credited a white woman for inspiring her to do so.
Kim K can kiss my natural Black ass referring to her corn rows as Bo Derek braids. You did not get your inspiration from a White woman. No part of you or your body is inspired by a White woman.
— PZTVNRG. (@JusticeRooks) January 29, 2018
This is what people miss about cultural appropriation. Kim with a black husband and half-black children decides to attribute her Fulani braids to a white actress – this shows absolutely no APPRECIATION of the culture and solely a love of the “trend” which is why its appropriation
— YT: me myself & ifé (@imife_) January 29, 2018
KIM K JUST CALLED CORNROWS "BO DEREK BRAIDS" ON HER SNAP LIKE IM GUNNA KILL MYSELF
— (@_k8tlin) January 29, 2018
Y’all do know Kim K is not black, she is the perfect example of cultural appropriation.
— Nakia (@IamNikeY) January 29, 2018
That moment when Kim K calls her braids Bo Derek as an excuse to wear them when we know that she wants to be Beyoncé.
— oDessa (@oblessa) January 29, 2018
Who told this bitch Kim K to wear them braids though? Lol like I’m over these Kardashian bitches as a whole, expect Kourtney.
— Whit (@__aladdinn) January 29, 2018
Little sister Kylie Jenner has repeatedly worn cornrows in the past, despite getting slammed every single time. Kim also isn’t a stranger to cultural appropriation accusations, but also doesn’t seem to mind too much.