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Natural Hair and Cultural Appropriation: Is Amandla Stenberg Right About Kylie Jenner?

If you follow media outlets or blogs, you’ll probably already be aware of the backlash that Kylie Jenner received for posting pictures of her newest hairstyle, cornrows.

Now you might be thinking that there’s nothing wrong with a white girl rocking cornrows, and quite frankly, there isn’t. However, people reacted fairly negatively in large part because Kylie Jenner has created a career out of monetizing and mimicking ‘urban’ fashion and is essentially famous just for it.

The issue that many women of colour have with Kylie is not the fact that she wears cornrows but the fact that when a woman of colour wears them, it’s deemed ‘unattractive’ or ‘unprofessional’ but when a white woman sports the same look, it’s deemed ‘cool.’

Examples of this can be seen when looking at the following images:

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Even though Amandla’s comments about Kylie’s supposed cultural appropriation were received with mixed responses, she does have a point.

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Why is it only cool to look ‘urban’ if you’re white?

Do you agree with Amandla? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this below.