Kylie Jenner is getting older, but is she getting wiser? She turned 19 today and shared a photo on Instagram of herself in yet another look that we’ve seen, well, forever — on black women. Fans are crying “cultural appropriation,” a refrain that Jenner has likely gotten used to, as she and her sisters have worn “boxer braids” — aka cornrows — for months, even getting credit for “popularizing” the “trend”.
Jenner is sporting cornrows dyed red and braided in what Vanity Fair cites as a wig. However she came to the look, fans are over it. In between the standard “lb” and “row for row” comments on her photo are genuine criticisms. From a user named @kmuhammad19: “Black women have been doing it for hundreds of years and this is new??? Please I guess for your audience this is a trend but for Black People this is Our Culture.” Another @jeshastevens writes, “I don’t think its super healthy and isn’t this cultural appropriation?”
As Kara Brown writes at Jezebel, “There’s also the little detail that while this style of braiding does date back thousands of years ago, it has literally never stopped being a popular and practical way for black people to wear their hair.” So happy birthday, Kylie. Maybe someone bought you a book this year.
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