Kim Kardashian Responds To Criticism Of ‘Blackfishing’, “I Would Never Do Anything To Appropriate Any Culture”
Over the years, Kim Kardashian has been accused of culture appropriation and ‘Blackfishing’. Now, the 41 year-old media personality/mogul is speaking out about the controversial topic. In an interview with i-D magazine She opens up about the criticisms she has received in her past and the challenges she still faces raising bi-racial kids. She said:
“Obviously, I would never do anything to appropriate any culture. However, I have had to deal with backlash for braiding my hair and that has caused me some problems in the past. I can honestly say that a lot of it is my daughter. [North West] asking us to do matching hair.”
“And I’ve had these conversations with her that are like, ‘Hey, maybe this hairstyle would be better on you and not on me.’ But I also want her to feel that I can do a hairstyle with her and not make it that big of a deal either if that’s something that she’s really asking for, and really wants.”
Still, Kim Kardashian admits that she’s “learned and grown” over the years in an effort to “communicate” with her kids about their cultural background.She said,
“I’ve learned and grown over the years and figured out good ways to communicate to all my kids about all of this. I’ve definitely learned over time, and I’ve tried to pass that culture of learning onto my kids too, but then there’s also a history of braiding hair in Armenia and people forget that I am Armenian as well.”
Kardashian has faced criticism about her braided hairstyles on several occasions, including the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards and a photo shoot shared via Instagram in 2020.In 2019, reality TV star became embroiled in another controversy when her shapewear brand, now known by the name “Shapewear”, was announced. Skims, was going to be called Kimono- a term used to describe a traditionally Japanese garment.
Kardashian immediately apologized for her actions and explained why she named the Kimono shapewear line Kimono. She said,
“I came up with the Kimono name because it was a play on my name, and because I was so inspired by Japanese culture. To me, it was just paying homage to it, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t being seen that way. I would never intentionally try to appropriate the culture in that way.”
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