You know what they say, the more braids, the more shade…OK, so no one actually says that, but they might start now.
Kim Kardashian took to social media to reveal a new ‘do. Kim — who wore her hair in braids — didn’t call the style cornrows, or Fulani braids. No, instead, on Snapchat she attributed the hair to Bo Derek, who wore the look in 1979’s 10. To further cement her so-called inspiration, she captioned the first in a series of NSFW Instagram posts ‘BO WEST’
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
#KimKardashian justifiably gets criticized for crediting Bo Derek for cornrows instead of Black women.
Kim Kardashian’s response: “Here, you haters! Watch me post a sexy nude photo with my Bo Derek braids!” pic.twitter.com/oH6udglESo
— Kim Crawley (@kim_crawley) January 30, 2018
And none other than Lindsay Lohan chimed in, too. When Perez Hilton shared the look and asked his followers to share their own thoughts, LiLo added the comment, ‘I am confused’.
And if you think KKW would let that comment go ignored, you were mistaken. She responded simply, ‘you know what’s confusing…..your sudden foreign accent’.
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) January 29, 2018
She was undoubtedly referring to LiLo’s sudden change in accent, which fans first noticed a little while back. At the time, LiLo explained it away by saying she’d spent more time in Europe, but it seems like a pretty flimsy explanation to us. Either way, these two have got Perez feeling like it’s 2007, and it’s hard to disagree. Did we just step into a timewarp?
It’s not the first time KKW has been accused of a similar misstep (remember her boxer braids?), and she may well be wise to learn a lesson or two here. Or, if she is to take style inspiration from a culture other than her own, at least attribute it respectfully and with awareness.