Kim Kardashian Addressed Blackfishing Criticism and Wearing Braids

  • Kim Kardashian West addressed criticism of black hunting, saying it wouldn’t “fit into any culture.”
  • Kardashian West has received criticism in the past for wearing her hair in Fulani braids.
  • She said she’s worn braids in the past at her daughter’s request to match.

Kim Kardashian West addressed previous black hunting criticism in a conversation with playwright Jeremy O. Harris for ID, saying that she “would do nothing to fit any culture” and that she was braiding her hair at her daughter’s request.

Journalist Wanna Thompson, who coined the term, told CNN in June that “black hunting” occurs when “white public figures, influencers, and the like do everything they can to appear black.”

In their conversation with iD, Harris Kardashian West openly asked how she handled “criticism about things like black hunting” in the past as a mother to black children.

In the past, people have criticized Kardashian West for wearing her hair in Fulani braids, a style that originated in West Africa, accusing her of cultural appropriation, Insider previously reported. She has also been accused of having a black face several times in magazine shoots and for her makeup brand.

Kardashian West told Harris that she was aware of the backlash she got for wearing her hair in braids, and said it “often” was the result of her daughter asking her to wear a matching hairstyle.

“I’ve had these conversations with her like, ‘Hey, maybe this hairstyle is better on you than on me,'” Kardashian West said. Oh really.”

Kardashian West said she has “learned and grown over the years,” including how to communicate with her children about race.

This isn’t the first time she’s privately spoken wearing her hair in Fulani braids. In 2018, the reality star also told Bustle that she wore braids to match her daughter North, saying at the time that she didn’t want to “disrespect anyone’s culture” by adopting the hairstyle.

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