Kim Kardashian Says She Isn’t Blackfishing When She Wears Braids, She’s Just Trying To Match Her Daughter
Kim Kardashian is no stranger to blackfishing, aka when a person who isn’t Black has adopted a look or style belonging to Black culture, in an attempt to appropriate something they think looks cool (but ultimately can be temporary for them). For more on blackfishing, please see: Amelia Hamlin, Iggy Azalea, Jesy Nelson, Bhad Babie, Kylie Jenner, and any number of white Instagram influencers. Kim Kardashian has recently addressed the blackfishing accusations, and while she agrees that yeah, maybe some hairstyles aren’t for her, ultimately she’s just trying to be twins with her daughter North West.
Kim has been seen wearing braids a number of times, like as seen above, or in this picture of her and North in matching hairstyles.
Kim has taken some shit for showing up with her hair in braids, especially when she doubles down by referring to Fulani braids with beads as “Bo Derek braids.”
One of the big arguments lobbied against the picture above is that North West is Black, so of course, she can put her hair in braids. But Kim? Well…that’s more of a grey area. At the very least, the Kardashians know it’s a well they can always return to, in the name of getting a little criticism-based attention. But Kim doesn’t really see it that way. She just doesn’t get what all the fuss is about! Kim recently spoke to i-D Magazine, and she was asked how she navigates accusations of blackfishing as the mother of four Black children. And here’s what she had to say.
Obviously, I would never do anything to appropriate any culture. But I have in the past got backlash from putting my hair in braids and I understand that. Honestly, a lot of the time it comes from my daughter asking us to do matching hair. And I’ve had these conversations with her that are like, “Hey, maybe this hairstyle would be better on you and not on me.” But I also want her to feel that I can do a hairstyle with her and not make it that big of a deal either if that’s something that she’s really asking for, and really wants. But I’ve learned and grown over the years, and figured out good ways to communicate with all my kids about all this. I’ve definitely learned over time, and I’ve tried to pass that culture of learning onto my kids too, but then there’s also a history of braiding hair in Armenia, and people forget that I am Armenian as well.
Oh no, not the “other cultures wear braids too” argument! That never works; just ask all the misguided people claiming Viking heritage as the reason why they should get a pass. But at least Kim is having the conversation with her kids about hair. Baby steps. First comes a lesson in why mommy probably shouldn’t Instagram a carousel of pics of her in a culturally-specific hairstyle, and after that, they can talk about social media privacy. A concept that was recently introduced to Kim, via her 12-year-old nephew, Mason Disick. That’s right, Kim was told to stop letting her spawn post every mundane detail of their life on TikTok by a literal child. via Page Six:
Kim Kardashian’s 12-year-old nephew suggested that her 8-year-old daughter, North West, should refrain from going live on social media again.
“Hi I don’t wanna disrespect North but I don’t think she should do the lives unless someone is with her because people are always screen recording and she might tell information that isn’t correct and stuff like that, that she will regret,” Mason wrote to his aunt Kiki in text messages she shared via Instagram Stories.
This came after 8-year-old North did a live video on her TikTok account (which skirts the 13-and-over age restriction, because it’s co-ran by Kim). North gave viewers a full house tour and chatted up a storm. Kim thanked Mason for his concern and agreed that maybe an 8-year-old shouldn’t be posting private stuff. And we know this because Kim posted Mason’s private text messages.
Kim Kardashian's nephew Mason Disick advises her to not let North West go live. pic.twitter.com/Ih0ui9mops
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I know Kim just passed the baby bar, and really wants to be a legitimate lawyer. That message from Mason would have been a perfect opportunity to put her attorney-at-law argument skills to work. “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my nephew thinks North shouldn’t be putting her whole life out there on social media. But I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that North’s last name may be West, but she’s still 50% Kardashian. Case dismissed!”