Kim Kardashian Branded ‘Sick’ for ‘Blackface’ Magazine Shoot

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The Kardashians have never been afraid to be experimental in their styles. In fact, more often than not, it seems that they choose their looks to attract attention, rather than to actually look good. But one thing that they’ve been repeatedly criticized for is their lax attitude to one aspect of fashion. The superstar sisters are keen to try out experimental styles, regardless of their history and this often leads to claims of cultural appropriation – where being trendy is placed at a higher importance than any social impact.

The latest problematic move that a Kardashian has made? Social media queen Kim Kardashian has come under fire for a photoshoot for 7Hollywood which many claim looks uncomfortably like blackface. See for yourself.

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They’ve all starred in one of the most successful realities shows of all time and each of the sisters has a massive influence on social media.

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They’re truly impressive entrepreneurs and businesswomen. Whatever you think about them, you can’t deny that they’ve done well for themselves.

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Sure, they’ve always had an element of wealth and fame – but back when Keeping Up With The Kardashians started, the sisters certainly weren’t the biggest Hollywood success story.

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And more and more, the family are being respected as major players, particularly in the realms of fashion and beauty.

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There’s one aspect of the Kardashian family that even true stans have a hard time accepting.

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The reason? The family seems to have a pretty relaxed stance on the rather serious issue of cultural appropriation.

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Kim Kardashian has landed in hot water on multiple occasions for her culturally insensitive hairstyles, in particular.

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Although many claim that it was actually Vogue who were at fault for crediting Kim with a style that women of color had long been rocking.

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She also came under fire for wearing her hair in braids, a style typically used for protective reasons by people of color.

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She referred to the style as “Bo Derek braids,” effectively attempting to erase the cultural significance of the look.

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This level of cultural insensitivity is hugely problematic, especially for a family with such a huge profile in the media.

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She also donned this outfit and headdress which many claim was hugely offensive – particularly when combined with her “Sunday Service” caption.

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Khloe has also come under fire with claims of cultural appropriation. People especially weren’t happy with the wig that she wore to Diana Ross’ birthday party.

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Because Khloe also repeated her offense with another controversial hair do.

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Khloe was relaxing on a beach in Turks and Caicos, to celebrate the birthday of her sister, Kourtney.

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Khloe wasn’t sporting her signature sleek do – instead, she had opted to style her hair in cornrows.

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Khloe posted a huge number of these cornrow-styled images to her Instagram – in spite of what some people had to say.

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It’s clear that many felt very strongly about Khloe’s choice of hairstyle – and thought that she needed to know their opinions.

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In several snaps, she was with daughter, True, and her best friend. Some of the comments mention the fact that many of those close to Khloe are black.

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One commenter wrote, “Having a black kid doesn’t give you permission to appropriate black hair, you know. Just saying…”

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One commenter wrote, “You not black stop with these hairstyles. It’s a mockery and it’s not cute.” Others added, “Those cornrows AIN’T IT,” and, “You ain’t black sis!”

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And now Kim has stepped into another controversy.

As she’s posted an image on Instagram that many believe borders on blackface. This is what Kim’s skin tone looked like when she dressed up as Elle Woods for Halloween this year.

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The photoshoot was for 7Hollywood, an “L.A.-based biannual fashion, celebrity, and art magazine distributed worldwide.”

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But many saw these shots and immediately got the impression that Kim was channeling (or appropriating) black culture instead.

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Whether it’s a spray tan, strange lighting, or overuse of photoshop, it’s not a stretch to say the model barely looks like Kim at all.

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And what makes this even worse? It’s now a repeat offense by Kim.

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It may not be as obvious as blackface of the past – but to some, that makes it even more pernicious.

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Some think Kim’s desire to be black is actually more all-encompassing than just these photoshoots.

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Could the Kardashians be using these types of controversies simply to stay relevant?

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Is this modern-day blackface? Or are some people on the internet just trying to reach? But Kim isn’t the only Kardashian facing an online backlash. Scroll on for the “whole new face” that has landed Khloe in hot water.

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