Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Kim Kardashian defends wearing hair in braids: 'I'm not tone deaf'

Kim Kardashian defends wearing hair in braids: 'I'm not tone deaf'

"I actually did that look because North said she wanted braids and asked if I would do them with her", said Kardashian in her non-apology.

"She and [her cousin] Penelope had a unicorn party, so I said, "'You can do it for your party and you can do it when we go to NY if you like it.' She liked it, so we did it when we went to NY too and that's it", Kim said. If anything, my daughter was so excited to see me get matching braids with her.

It was less than a week ago when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's budding beauty guru, North West, was spotted out and about in NYC celebrating with family and friends for her 5th birthday-and yes, we are still talking about her hair! Of course, many people were pissed about her hair choice and accused her of cultural appropriation.

"I [do] remember the backlash when I had the blonde hair and that I called them 'Bo Derek braids.' But I obviously know they're called Fulani braids and I know the origin of where they came from and I'm totally respectful of that", Kim explained. I'm thinking, are we ever gonna get around to writing?! "I do get it", Kardashian said. North usually wears her hair natural, but "she wanted to try straight hair so I said she could try it for her birthday party and then if she liked it, she could do it in NY for her birthday", Kim said. Back in February, she was heavily criticized for calling her braids "Bo Derek braids", thereby referencing a white actress who wore the same hairstyle in the 1979 movie 10 instead of calling them by their real name, fulani braids.

It's not the first time she has faced controversy for wearing her hair in braids.

Speaking of North, her own hair got some major attention last week when she was photographed on her birthday with long, straight hair. "It's very limited to just that".

Kim Kardashian West thinks it's insane that some US citizens don't want to see President Donald Trump succeed. However, while the braided look is inspired by the Fulani women of East and West Africa, Kim doesn't feel it was inappropriate for her to wear in the least. "I was just seeing these things that people were saying online and they were just ridiculous".

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