Kylie Jenner deletes Instagram photo after being accused of cultural appropriation
3 January 2020, 12:30 | Updated: 6 October 2020, 10:43
Kylie is wearing twists in the photo, which is from a Paper magazine shoot last year.
Kylie Jenner has been accused of cultural appropriation just weeks after her sister Kim Kardashian received backlash for her "blackface" photoshoot.
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The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shared an unseen outtake from her Paper magazine shoot in February 2019. In the photo, Kylie is licking her lips and wearing her blonde hair in twists – a protective style for black women.
Luca and Alessandro Morelli, the photographers behind the image, have said that the concept was inspired by Gwen Stefani. The singer, who has received criticism for appropriating multiple cultures in the past, wore a similar hairstyle to Kylie in Moby's 'South Side' video back in 2000.
After sharing the picture, Kylie received backlash and accusations of cultural appropriation in the comment section, Daily Mail reports. Other comments on the Morelli Brothers' post suggested there were "bad" comments on Kylie's pic too. The image was quickly removed from her main feed, however, Kylie did share the photo on her Instagram Story.
Needless to say, the internet was not happy with Miss Jenner.
The cultural appropriation jumped out— leo (@leolovestay) January 3, 2020
Every white celebrity Wants Look sound Be and act black🤷🏽♀️ But they don’t want to be treated like a black women🤢 White women privilege exist MalcolmX didn’t talk for nothing pic.twitter.com/PerG7j1O8M— Wifey Witch🔮 (@kittyzquads) January 3, 2020
until its time to be a black woman— jack (@jackissafenty) January 3, 2020
Oh my god SHE'S NOT BLACK!! https://t.co/RSpPZGKFr2— Minh Anh Kieu (@akemikieu) January 3, 2020
She finna claim this hair style like they do with everything thats not theirs 🙄— Johnny’s coffee☕️ (@neocitychick) January 3, 2020
This wouldn't be the first time that Kylie has been pulled up on cultural appropriation. In 2015, Kylie was forced to turn off her Instagram comments after sharing an image of herself in cornrows. Two years later in 2017, Kylie and her sister Kendall Jenner were criticised for appropriating Chola culture in a campaign image for their Kendall + Kylie clothing line.