Kim Kardashian can’t seem to stay out of trouble!
In the clip, Kanye West‘s wife exclaims:
“So guys I got Bo Derek braids, and I’m really into it.”
A post shared by Kim Kardashian Snapchats 🍑 (@kimksnapchats) on Jan 28, 2018 at 6:57pm PST
Almost immediately, several social media users accused the mother-of-three of “cultural appropriation” for wearing a traditionally black hairstyle, and for giving credit to a white woman.
Kardashian’s look resembles Fulani-style braids — inspired by the Fulani women of East and West Africa — and have been around since ancient times, long before Bo Derek’s movie.
According to cosmetologist and author Toni Love in an interview with Ebony last year:
“History tells us cornrows originated in Africa. The intricate braiding of the hair indicated the tribe you belonged to… Cornrows on women date back to at least 3000 B.C. and as far back as the nineteenth century for men, particularly in Ethiopia. Warriors and kings were identified by their braided hairstyles.”
Pissed-off Twitter users wrote:
They are called Fulani braids or some may even say corn rows. You could of called them either one but you called them “Bo derek” giving credit to a white woman for a black style knowing you already catch heat for culture vulturing. #KimKardashian #culturalvul pic.twitter.com/aIF4NzJ9rw
— Roses🌷 (@Teenagenature) January 29, 2018
Kim Kardashian got on Fulani braids and called them “Bo Derek” braids. These why culture appropriation trash. Also, how many times is that family gonna get dragged for them to stop appropriating other people’s culture. This why Beyonce don’t like her stiff lips ass. pic.twitter.com/Nd2NHt7aOB
— Pink India👩🏾💼 (@Yoldeeee) January 29, 2018
im so tired with the whole kim kardashian does something ignorant, black women tell her, she feigns innocence and apologizes, and repeats the whole cycle 2 months later IM T I R E D pic.twitter.com/LWe8r2IyUa
— 🇳🇬la reina (@queeneeks) January 29, 2018
first of all, fuck you @KimKardashian for wearing cornrows and calling them “Boderrick braids”. second of call fuck you again for crediting the creation of “boderrick braids” to a white woman who was culturally appropriating cornrows to begin with.
— Queen (@poeticsoulinme) January 29, 2018
Despite the backlash, the 37-year-old doesn’t seem to be bothered by the controversy. On Monday, the social media diva posted a photo of herself with said braids on Instagram:
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Kim has been dragged for cultural insensitivity. As we reported in June 2017, in a promotional photo for KKW Beauty, fans accused her of doing “blackface” for seemingly darkening her skin.
Oh, and around five years ago, she posted yet another snap of herself with “Bo Derek braids.”
When is she ever going to learn??
[Image via Snapchat.]