Kim Kardashian is a social media legend! We all know anytime she posts something she stirs up quite the noise. Last night, she released her latest hairstyle on to her snapchat. A few moments later paparazzi released photos of her out in LA rocking her braids. Her braids consisted of twist, cornrows and hair accessories. You would think she can do whatever she wants, but she has been slammed by social media.
You might ask why are people so mad? It’s not the style of the braids, it’s the name. Mrs. West gave the braids a new name “Kim Kardashian Braids.” These hairstyles are nothing new they have been around for centuries. Africa is the known innovators of braiding, even though they are popular in Asia, Egypt and even Europe. In Africa, it’s a tradition that’s passed down in their communities.
So why make up a name for something that’s already been done? This is not the first time the Keeping up with the Kardashian, star has been slammed for braids. When she released her two cornrowed hair style earlier this year she called them “Boxer Braids.” A lot of people weren’t too happy and again, she was slammed on the internet for cultural appropriation.
Kim is a fashion goddess especially now that she is married to the fashionable Kayne West. Therefore, anything she do will be under a microscope. Is this a case of cultural appropriation? No, more like appreciation! We’re sure she understands were the styles originated!
Written by @leahgordone
Photos courtesy of @kimkardashian @balleralert