Here's Why Kim Kardashian's Braids Are Problematic


In a turn of events that is shocking to no one, Kim Kardashian is once again in hot water for cultural appropriation. 

Last week, the reality star posted a video where her hair is in beads and braids. The hairstyle, more commonly known as cornrows, has a rich history and can be traced back to Africa. The particular braids that Kardashian has dates back the Fulani women of West Africa and instead of giving credit to them for the hairstyle, she gives credit to white actress Bo Derek.  

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"So guys I got Bo Derek braids, and I’m really into it,” she says in the SnapChat video, referencing the actresses’ look from the 1979 movie “10.” 

This isn't the first time the 37-year-old is being accused of being culturally insensitive. Late last year, Kardashian was slammed for seemingly appearing blackface to promote her beauty line. The entire Kardashian family have an unfortunate history of racial insensitivity.  

Derek has come to the defense of Kardashian, insisting that everyone copies everyone.  

What do you think? Is Kim being insensitive again or is it really just a hairstyle?