Kim Kardashian is no stranger to being accused of appropriating black culture, especially when it comes to hair. On March 18, Vogue tweeted, “Kim Kardashian West is bringing crimped hair back in a big way.” The backlash ensued.
The fashion magazine wrote about Kim’s wedding look to Chance the Rapper’s wedding. She wore a vintage Versace gown and “crimped” waist length hair. Vogue wrote, “she wore her hair slicked back in a half-up style with crimped lengths cascading down to her hips, just as the supermodel did on the catwalk” and Kim is starting “a revival of the polarizing crimped-hair look.”
Black women called out the publication for calling Kim’s hair “crimped” and saying that she is bringing back the trend. Many black women before Kim have sported ling crimped hair. Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj have recently sported crimped hair before Kim.
Also, Kim is wearing extensions because there is no way her natural hair is that long and thick. The extensions she’s wearing are most likely Yaki hair, which is a style of weave that black women wear.
After being called out for appropriating black hair Kim is defending her decision and the praise Vogue gave her. Kim shared a photo of herself and her grandpa, Arthur Kardashian.
“My mom would crimp my hair all the time! I still have the same crimper machine and used it just recently,” Kim wrote.
“Shes [sic] really tryna justify that hair she wore, on God, I’m crying,” one user commented.
This isn’t the first time Kim has defended her hair. In 2018 Kim was dragged for wearing Fulani braids and calling them Bo Derek braids. She then wore the braids to the MTV Movie & TV Awards and was dragged for wearing the African American hairstyle.
She told Bustle that she didn’t see any backlash. “I actually did the look because Noth said she wanted braids and asked if I would do them with her. So we braided her hair and then we braided my hair,” she explained.
What do you think about Kim’s “crimped” hair response?