Kim Kardashian's Selfies Featuring 'Bo Derek' Braids Cause Controversy

Controversy seems to always be swirling around Kim Kardashian, but this time the backlash she got from fans on social media was pretty harsh. The 37-year-old mother of three took a selfie and posted it to Snapchat to reveal her new hairstyle.

Kardashian has had her hair done in what she called 'Bo Derek braids’, but many were quick to remind her that they're actually cornrows, and that white women wearing them are guilty of cultural appropriation.

Kardashian revealed her new look on Sunday: Silver corn row braids ending in layers of white beads. She was wearing a pair of silver-framed glasses and gave her best pouty lip looks for the camera.

“So guys, I did Bo Derek braids and I’m really into it,” she wrote.

The internet was not into it. Many of her fans were livid about her insensitivity, calling her new 'do, and her post about it, 'disrespectful'.

"Kim K got braids like these. And gave credit to Bo Derek for the style," wrote one person.

"Am I wrong for being bothered. Because I'm super bothered."

"That's who tf you give credit to for that style!? Seriously," they said.

Bo Derek wore similar cornrows in 1979 in the film '10' with Dudley Moore. In the film, Moore played a middle-aged man having a mid-life crisis.

He becomes infatuated with a young, beautiful woman he spots on a beach. Derek's image from the film, complete with plaited, beaded corn rows, became iconic.

White women in America began copying the style and making it a 'cross-cultural craze'.

Originally, the hairstyle was popular in African-American culture long before Derek appeared in the look. The actress hates even talking about it now (despite attempts by talk show hosts to bring it up).

“It’s a hairdo! That’s all it is,” she told host Andy Cohen.

“No, seriously, of all the important racial and cultural issues we have right now, people are going to focus on a hairstyle? No, no."

"I’ll save my efforts toward important racial and cultural issues.”

Many argued that Kardashian really should have known better, being married to a black man and being the mother of three biracial children. Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, recently welcomed their third child via surrogate, Chicago West.

Critics were merciless.

"First of all, f--k you @KimKardashian for wearing cornrows and calling them 'boderrick braids'. Second of call f--k you again for crediting the creation of 'boderrick braids' to a white woman who was culturally appropriating cornrows to begin with," wrote one person.

"Kim Kardashian should have learned by now how to properly deal with black culture and considering she has three black kids this behavior is disturbing," said another.

Some pointed out that Kardashian knew exactly what she was doing when she posted the image. There is no way she couldn't have known what would happen, considering Kylie Jenner had gotten slammed for wearing cornrows a la Bo Derrek in the past.

A lot of people don’t understand the controversy over white women wearing their hair in traditionally African-American hairstyles.

"What’s the problem with Kim Kardashian having braids? Stop making nothing into something," wrote one person.

"I actually like Kim’s braids lol," said a fan.

"You look so good with braids!!!! Haters gonna hate," wrote another.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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