Kim Kardashian is sparking the cultural appropriation debate, yet again, over her latest photoshoot — and Black Twitter is on fire.
Thursday, the reality star and entrepreneur posted several images from her Winter 2020 cover of 7 Hollywood Magazine with full lips and a dark complexion. According to PEOPLE Magazine, Kim’s shoot channeled Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor, two of Kim’s glam idols. However, Black Twitter seemed to think differently, blasting Kim of blackfishing.
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KIM KARDASHIAN WEST @kimkardashian – “MUGLERIZED” photographed by @alixmalka for @7hollywoood_mag Pop Issue Winter 2020 Art direction by @manfredthierrymugler #privatearchives @thewaywewore @amwaj_jewellery @doraziopr styled by @maryammalakpour assisted by @rossanatc hair by @peter.savic make up by @makeupbymario nails by @tombachik prop design by @halfbeanhalfcheese producer @susiejim Special thanks : @jbrougeot @christywelder Order Online : @kdpresse #kimkardashian #icon #alixmalka #7hollywood #manfredthierrymugler #mugler #muglerized #amwaj #doraziopr #maryammalakpour
Black Twitter sounded off:
Last year, the term, “blackfishing,” went viral when Black Twitter accused several non-Black, female social media influencers of pretending to be Black. The women were blasted for posting images of skin complexions that were darker than their actual appearances, distorting their figures to look curvier, and accentuating African features such a fuller nose and lips.
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Just because it walks like a duck 🦆, quacks like a duck, don’t make it a duck. ———————————————————————— – when black people, black women especially, tells you it’s not just hair, it’s not just clothes listen. White women should not and Will Not profit off of black culture. Being black is not an aesthetic you wake up and try one day. Also in no way am I saying that tanned skin equates to black-fishing. – P.S stop inviting everyone to the god damn cookout before it becomes a potluck. ———————————————————————— Blackfishes Exposed: @eemmahallberg @mikafrancis @jaidengumby @9mimmi @dirtyyhippie_ @alicja_ab @itsllllisamcinally_ @jaiahfern ———————————————————————— Follow @naturally.adia ———————————————————————— Hashtags: . . . . #blm #blacklivesmatter #blackexcellence #melanin #blackpower #blackgirlmagic #blackqueen #blackgirlsrock #blackwomen #blackfishing #blackunity #staywoke #activism #blackculture #shaderoom #worldstar #balleralert #nickiminaj #explorepage #cardib #wshh #theshaderoom #bossip #tea #curlyhead #healthyhairjourney #naturalhair #teamnatural #healthyhair #protectivestyles
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A very controversial topic I would like to speak on is how white people tan their skin to look and appear like a different ethnicity/race. ( considering the amounts of abuse I've received from gross racist white women and men. I thought I would create a post in a safe space for POC where can discuss with themselves). * disclaimer this post doesn't include those who tan normally it is to address those who either intentionally or subconsciously tan to look like another race* This discussion is valid and needs to be addressed as for many darker skinned POC. As we have continuously been ridiculed for our skin colour and other ethnic features. A bit of History: Throughout the years of colonisation, our ethnic features have been commodified by the white bourgeoisie to capitalise on us. The best imagery I can give you is the scene in Get Out, where the white men and women look at the Black man as a piece of meat; where his athletic body, eyesight, genitals could all be auctioned off. Our darker skin has been commodified for them to wear it as a costume. I have heard arguments that this is not blackface as it is not mocking us, well let me explain why it is. My darker skin is not something I can change or wipe away or wash off; I was born with darker skin. I was born with darker skin, where I faced racist abuse since I was born. My darker skin wasn't something that was perceived as beauty, and it still isn't. Their (white people) exercise of colonial power has placed a colourist viewpoint throughout our communities. It is because of 'whiteness'; I have a double consciousness where I am forced to accept an inferior perspective of myself. Because my features do not resemble the 'whiteness', they have normalised. Tanning your skin to look like another race is a form of blackface, and white capitalists are only but gaining from this industry.
While the “blackfishing” term may have been new to some, topics on blackfishing, cultural appropriation, and blackface have occurred for years. And, this isn’t Kim’s first backlash over the issue either.
KKW Beauty Promo Shoot
In 2017, Kim faced similar allegations when she promoted her KKW Beauty line. Promo images for the line went viral (not in the way she might have imagined), sparking outrage about her skin’s dark complexion.
Kim eventually changed the photos, showing images that better reflected her true tone. On an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” she addressed what happened.
“People are saying I’m doing blackface. I did a photo shoot. There were some people online saying the photos were inappropriate,” she said in a scene with her assistant.
She later claimed that she was very “tan” at the time and was not trying to pass as Black.
Paper Magazine Cover
Then, in September 2014, “Paper Magazine” set out to “break the internet” with the release of Kim K.’s infamous cover showing champagne pouring into a glass that was propped on her protruding butt.
Kim’s camp has denied the recent cultural appropriation allegations. A source close to Kim spoke out and denied that the reality star was purposely trying to look like a Black woman.
“It’s the lighting that makes her look darker in this specific image,” a source close to Kim, who was on set for the shoot, told Page Six. “There are multiple covers and images from this shoot where the lighting looks more natural. People are so quick to find the negative in everything and also often forget that she is of Armenian descent.”
So, what do you think? Was she blackfishing or naw?