Kylie Jenner Accused of Cultural Appropriation

Another day, another member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan trying to appropriate a piece of African-American culture–this time the culprit is youngest sister Kylie Jenner.

Kylie Jenner is in hot water, again, for turning piece of African-American culture into a fashion statement. The 19-year-old reality TV star showed up to the Jonathan Simkhai fashion show during New York Fashion Week sporting her new platinum locks…and a du-rag. Paired with her embellished cut offs and bedazzled jean jacket, it was clear the the lipstick maven was trying real hard to make some sort of fashion statement.

She shared photos on her Instagram and Snapchat which lead to an immediate reaction from some of her followers. “Kylie Jenner in this do-rag at NYFW is next level cultural appropriation,” wrote one user.

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This isn’t Jenner’s first time in the headlines for cultural appropriation. Back in July, Jenner posted a photo on Instagram wearing Nike joggers, long acrylic nails, and—most notably—cornrows. The Kardashian’s famously referred to the hairstyle as “boxer braids.”

She also sparked controversy this past February when she showed up at Alexander Wang’s NYFW show rocking a long, slightly textured high ponytail. While the hairstyle in itself wasn’t appropriation, Jenner’s choice to use Yaki, a type of synthetic hair used almost exclusively by black girls all over the globe for braiding, to achieve the look caused many to accuse the teen of once again jacking black women’s style.

Jenner’s continual reliance on black style without dealing with the struggles of actually being an African-American woman is frustrating for women who embrace these styles but don’t get painted as “glam” or a “trendsetter.”

Jenner has not yet responded to the criticism surrounding her NYFW fashion choice.

(Photo Credit: Kylie Jenner/Instagram )