AceShowbiz - Kylie Jenner has recently came under fire over a photo she put out on her Instagram account. On late Thursday, January 2, the makeup mogul posted a throwback photo of herself donning platinum blonde braids to channel Gwen Stefani. But instead of praises, what she received was harsh criticism from social media users who accused her of cultural appropriation.
Taken for her Paper Magazine 2019 shoot, the image showed Kylie slightly sticking out her tongue as her fingers ran through her braids. She opted for an off-the-shoulder white top underneath a plaid shirt that she teamed with several silver jewelries. Her look bore a striking resemblance to a look Gwen sported in Moby's "South Side" music video in 2000.
However, because braids are a style commonly used and popularized by black women, Kylie sporting this hairstyle certainly didn't sit well with many people who later called her out for cultural appropriation. "The cultural appropriation jumped out," one said, while another noted, "She wants to be a black woman so bad." Someone sarcastically said, "Celebrating the biggest era of cultural appropriation in modern pop history."
"Black girls still get fired and sent home from school for wearing their hair like this, and it's actually a type of style (braids, twists, etc.) that is essential to the health of black hair, but sure, for her it's 'just a hairstyle,' " one other complained. Meanwhile, an individual wrote, "She finna claim his hair style like they do with everything thats not theirs."
Instead of directly responding to the backlash, Kylie quietly removed the photo from her Instagram page.
This isn't the first time for Kylie to be accused of cultural appropriation. Back in 2015, the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star was slammed for posting a photo of her sporting cornrows. Amanda Stenberg dissed her at the time, "When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism."