Kim Kardashian fires back at cultural appropriation accusations with throwback photo
The Kardashian-Jenner family, like it or not, have a significant impact on people. Kim Kardashian has 132 million followers on Instagram alone, so when she promises a great new supplement will help you lose weight, you can bet there are going to be a lot of people buying them.
This level of fame and attention means that her transitions from style to style are picked apart and commented on by thousands each day. So when it comes to the issue of cultural appropriation, there's always someone watching - and it's not as if Kim K makes it any easier for herself in how she deals with outrages like this.
Lately, Kim has been seen wearing a textured ponytail hairstyle, which has led to her being accused by some of cultural appropriation. These long, textured extensions are associated with black hair, and after some chose to call her out on this, she has justified her decision to wear her hair this way.
First of all, when she first started wearing her hair this way, Vogue published an article about it in which they wrote that Kim is "bringing crimped hair back in a big way," and calling it a "revival of the polarizing crimped-hair look".
Many took issue with this, as many black women (including the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna) have been wearing their hair this way for much longer.
In what seems to be a response to the backlash over her hair and Vogue's description of it, Kim posted a throwback photo to explain herself, but kind of misses the point of the criticism along the way - or that a lot of the anger was directed at Vogue rather than the celebrity herself.
"My mom would crimp my hair all the time! I still have the same crimper machine and used it just recently," she wrote in the caption of the photo, which shows Kim sat alongside her grandpa when she was a little girl.
This isn't the first time Kim has been accused of cultural appropriation either. Last year, she landed herself in hot water when she showed off braided blonde hair on her Snapchat.
In the video she says, "So guys, I did 'Bo Derek' braids, and I'm really into it," referring to the white actress who wore her hair in a similar style in 1979.
Other people weren't exactly happy with her crediting the black hairstyle to a white woman, however.
Something tells me this isn't the last we'll hear of Kim K getting in trouble for this...