Kim Kardashian Defends Herself After Being Criticized for Wearing Cornrows

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Kim Kardashian looked great at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards…well, from the waist down, at least. The 37-year-old wore her hair in cornrows, causing her to face tons of cultural appropriation accusations.

“Kim Kardashian in these braids is exhausting,” one person tweeted. “The most annoying part is that at this point she knows what she’s doing, she knows what cultural appropriation is and that it upsets people yet she still chooses to do it because she knows it doesn’t upset the right ppl or cost her $$.”

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KKW is now speaking out to defend herself and explain that she wasn’t “trying to disrespect someone’s culture” with the hairstyle. In fact, the decision to braid her hair came from her daughter, North West, who is half black.

“I actually did that look because North said she wanted braids and asked if I would do them with her,” she explained to Bustle. “So we braided her hair and then we braided my hair. In no way am I ever trying to disrespect someone’s culture by wearing braids. If anything, my daughter was so excited to see me get matching braids with her. When we did her hair in these braids, she was so excited.”

The mother of three continued, “I know the origin of where they came from and I’m totally respectful of that. I’m not tone deaf to where I don’t get it. I do get it.”