Kim Kardashian Got Cornrows & Credited a White Woman for the Style -- Obviously, Twitter Is Tearing Her Apart

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Kim Kardashian took to Snapchat over the weekend to reveal a new hairstyle -- and let's just say that people are having some issues with it. Kim got her blonde hair done in long, thin braids with beads attached to the ends. The style of cornrows that she is wearing in the post are called Fulani braids, which is a traditional West African style. Unfortunately, instead of at least educating herself and giving credit where credit is due, Kim credited a white woman as the inspiration for her look.  
  • In the video, Kim says how she is "really into" her new "Bo Derek braids."

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  • Actress Bo Derek wore very similar braids in her 1979 film "10."

  • Although the styles are obviously very much alike, the problem all comes down to the fact that way before Bo ever wore braids (which was also considered controversial), women of color had created and rocked this look for many years.

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  • And, to make matters worse, this isn't the first ...

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  • ... or second or third time that Kim has been dragged for wearing various styles of cornrows and appropriating black culture.

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    As a matter of fact, almost every member of her family has been called out for cultural appropriation at some point in time -- from Bantu knots, to Native American headdresses, to a hijab, the list goes on. 

  • People across Twitter were quick to share their feelings about the situation.

  • As someone who has a black father and a white mother, I can say that my mother never felt it was okay to appropriate black culture just because she had a black husband and child.

  • People are TIRED of the Kardashians making the same insensitive choices over and over again.

  • It's always the same old thing ...

  • Whether it is disrespectful for white women to wear African hairstyles has been heavily debated for a long time, and every woman of color is entitled to how she feels about it.

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  • However, no matter where someone may stand on that topic, it will never be okay for a person to take something out of its original cultural context and not give its people the credit or respect they deserve.

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    By doing this, you are devaluing and overlooking the people who have been doing this for years and years. You are also discrediting the hurt and struggle that women of color have faced for decades for the criticism they have received over their hair. It is so much more than just a "trend," and in order to fully appreciate it, you HAVE to become informed and show respect -- not just continuously apologize and repeat the offense or ignore the controversy altogether. 

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  • Maybe Kim will FINALLY learn this time.


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