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.
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?