Since her rise to fame, Kim Kardashian West has become known for her sleek-straight, mermaid-length hair. Aside from a mild wave here and there, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a picture of her without hair as straight as a stick. And though the look has become synonymous with Kardashian West’s brand, fans weren’t exactly happy when they saw her recreate the texture on the head of her 5-year-old daughter, North West.
On Thursday, Kardashian West and North spent some quality mom-and-daughter time together at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City. Pictures, which also feature Kardashian West’s BFF Jonathan Cheban and one of North’s friends, show the 5-year-old dressed in a hot-pink tracksuit with a high ponytail and a stuffed unicorn in her hand, smiling wide as she and her mom go to grab some candy.
However, not everyone was as happy as North. After the pictures were released on the internet, Kardashian West was mommy-shamed for straightening her daughter’s naturally curly hair. Considering North’s age, critics slammed the mom of three for using hot tools to make her daughter’s curls look straight and silky. Likewise, many also criticized Kardashian West for suggesting to North that there was something wrong with her natural hair, which is why she straightened it.
I really hate how the kardashians keep straightening that poor baby’s hair tho. North west gonna have heat damage before she’s 10- bedore I even knew what a straightener was smh
— Harriet Tubman’s Shiny Dress (@_vivrantthang_) June 14, 2018
Exactly. Those are ends are finished. Can’t believe we’re still straightening 5 year olds hair.
— Daily Punctilio Reader (@ItsAbeo) June 15, 2018
People going on about how “fucking gorgeous” North West is now that her hair has been straightened. pic.twitter.com/jOOAnW7Mxz
— Rosella Chibambo (@Chibambo) June 15, 2018
North looks so big and beautiful 😩😍 but they shouldn’t of straightened her hair yet 🙄🤦🏻♀️
— Geezy.. (@MsMyaG) June 14, 2018
Though Kardashian West wasn’t without her defenders. After she was mommy-shamed on Twitter, several fans came to Kardashian West’s defense, arguing that North is Kardashian West’s daughter and North’s hair is hers, so they can do whatever they want to it. Likewise, many argued that hair grows back and that just because it’s straightened, that doesn’t mean that it’s permanently damaged.
girl, it’s hair. hair grows back. just because it’s straightened doesn’t mean it’s destined to get damaged. your sister & north are two different people. but y do you care? is north your child? is that YOUR hair? pic.twitter.com/wjKvts0Dtf
— eva mariah. (@iLoveOnikaa_) June 15, 2018
Y’all better not say a thing about North having her hair pressed either cause by the time y’all was her age ya momma had slapped a Just 4 Me perm on them beady bees
— Trouble Trese Beauty (@TroubleTreseMUA) June 14, 2018
Now she not allowed to straighten her own daughters hair… I’m sure North asked for her hair to be straightened so she got it done. Shutup you’re reaching. Mad at her for what. Live your own life.
— swhite (@swhiteeeeee) June 14, 2018
Y’all wanna hate on @KimKardashian for everything. People are really replying to this tweet angry because they flat ironed North’s hair.
If y’all don’t go outside and do something for once! https://t.co/Nmp2csZxhd
— shakari trevel (@shakari) June 15, 2018
As of yet, Kardashian West hasn’t responded to the shamers. But knowing her, she’s likely thinking the same thing as her fans: North is her daughter, so let her parent in peace.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.