Bhad Bhabie defends her new look after being accused of "blackfishing"

7 April 2020, 12:23

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Bhad Bhabie, born Danielle Bregoli, received criticism after sporting a new look on Instagram.

Bhad Bhabie is being accused of "blackfishing" after sharing a collection of videos on Instagram where her skin tone looks significantly darker. Blackfishing can be described as when a person (usually white) tries to make themselves appear black. A number of influencers were called out for pretending to be mixed race last year and some even equate it to modern-day blackface.

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The 17-year-old rapper shared a number of videos of herself on Monday (Apr 6), wearing a long, dark wig. Bhad Bhabie also sported a deeper complexion than she has previously.

Of course, Bhad Bhabie's transformation didn't go unnoticed.

Bhad Bhabie has now addressed the backlash and shared screenshots of fans defending her transformation on Instagram Stories as well as a personal message, after noticing her name was trending on Twitter.

She wrote: "Millions of people sick, thousands dying every day and y'all worried about me getting my makeup done for a photoshoot? I'm usually the wild one but y'all need to chill and focus on what's important right now."

Bhad Bhabie is being accused of blackfishing
Bhad Bhabie is being accused of blackfishing. Picture: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Billboard, @bhadbhabie via Instagram

This isn't the first time Bhad Bhabie has been accused of blackfishing and cultural appropriation, though. Bhad Bhabie has been pulled up on wearing box braids in the past – but she has never apologised for it.

Bhad Bhabie Instagram Story
Bhad Bhabie Instagram Story. Picture: @bhadbhabie via Instagram

In December last year, in response to backlash over her hairstyle choices, she said: "To all the black females that are saying my hair ain't meant for box Braids guess the fuck what y'all hair ain’t meant to be straight but y’all glue whole wigs on to your heads and sew Brazilian/Indian/Peruvian hair which is anything like your natural hair texture at all and I don't say a god damn thing neither do the other cultures that you get the hair from."

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