Kim Kardashian accused of "blackface" in her 7Hollywood cover
20 December 2019, 11:37 | Updated: 26 January 2022, 18:53
Kimberly has done it again.
Kim Kardashian is being accused of "blackface" or "blackfishing" (again) following her new cover shoot with 7Hollywood, an LA-based bi-annual fashion magazine. Blackfishing is the act of darkening your skin or changing your features to appear black. It's very problematic and has been called the modern day equivalent of blackface.
For the shoot, Kim was supposed to be channeling Elizabeth Taylor. In an attempt to recreate some old Hollywood glamour, Kim sported a short brown wig and a gigantic pearl necklace. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star also wore a black sequin dress designed by Manfred Thierry Mugler, who also created her Met Gala 2019 dress.
However, it appears the internet wasn't getting Elizabeth Taylor vibes from Kim (who is half Armenian), noting that her skin tone is looking much darker than usual. Now, it's highly possible that it's just case of OTT lighting because Kim doesn't look as dark in other images from the spread. It could also be a spray tan.
Whatever it is, the internet was having none of it.
The thing with Kim Kardashian and her family’s tireless history of cultural appropriation and Blackfishing is that she knows better. They know better. But they continue to do this because they know outrage sells. They’re able to keep their name relevant by doing things like THIS. https://t.co/rIE1fuYUXH— Wanna (@WannasWorld) December 19, 2019
That Hollywood cover that Kim just posted is blackfishing to the 1000th power. It’s actually absurd.— CLAP BAQ QUEEN (@Oloni) December 19, 2019
Kim Kardashian said I get niggas out of jail so y’all gonna take this black face https://t.co/3qbwqF7jZ6— Kara (@mylifeiskara) December 19, 2019
Y'all really finna let Kim Kardashian cosplay as a black woman for the rest of her life and not say nothing huh? pic.twitter.com/Ex3N3L6MzT— Black Ginger Foutley (@some_girlll) December 19, 2019
Kim Kardashian don't care about black women. You can be as loud and upset as you want. KARDASHIANS DON'T CARE ABOUT BLACK WOMEN. Their brand is able to exist by gettin access into black culture through black men who will defend them till the end cause they too hate black women— That Loud Girl On Youtube (@AsToldByKenya) December 19, 2019
Something is deeply wrong with Kim Kardashian. Her obsession with Blackness is actually unhinged.— No Quarter Will Be Given (@chaedria) December 19, 2019
The photos Kim Kardashian post from that magazine were definitely INTENTIONAL & I refuse to believe otherwise pic.twitter.com/Wy4BnuYmch— Danielle (@withdaniixo) December 19, 2019
Kim is yet to respond to the criticism but it wouldn't be the first time she's been accused of darkening her skin to look black. In 2017, Kim was accused of wearing blackface during a KKW Beauty campaign. She later apologised for any offence caused in an interview with the New York Times.
She said: "I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, too many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.
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"Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it."