4. There was that time when Kim Kardashian created "boxer braids."
Apparently, Kim and the UFC created "boxer braids," which are really cornrows or plaits. The #KimKardashianBraids Instagram hashtag is full of white women equating their cornrows with a white woman's iteration of the ancient hairstyle.
When Sasha Obama wore "boxer braids," The New York Daily News actually attributed its popularity to the Kardashians.
"The first daughter joins a raft of high-profile beauties sporting a version of the now-ubiquitous boxer braids," Alev Aktar wrote. "Fueled by celebrities and the popularity of UFC fighters, the center-parted reverse French-braid style has surged back into fashion."
It has been "in fashion" for a long time, and it's unclear if Kardashian ever apologized. — ED
3. After looking very tan in her 2017 KKW Beauty campaign images, Kardashian was accused of blackface.
Kardashian actually acknowledged the controversy and apologized, although she explained that she wasn't going for blackface and was just trying to achieve a "moody" look. The brand also replaced the photos. — MA
She actually captioned one of her posts, "Hi can I get zero fucks please, thanks," which many interpreted as her not caring about the cultural appropriation claims. Interestingly enough, the same stylist did Kardashian's doobie wrap hairstyle in 2017 also did her 2018 Fulani braids. — MA
At this point, I think Kardashian has shown that she doesn't care about stealing from Black culture, all the while overlooking her own.
I wish that Kardashian would focus on her own beautiful culture — her Armenian identity — more, and use it as a platform to show diversity in an original way, rather than ripping off other cultures.
We need to see all cultures represented, but in a way that doesn't do more harm than good.