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Kim Kardashian-West Accused of Cultural Appropriation for Rocking Cornrows

After wearing cornrows to the MTV Movie & TV Awards this past weekend, Kim Kardashian-West is being accused of cultural appropriation.

Kardashian-West hit the MTV red carpet wearing a white crop top, embellished maxi skirt and black plaits that reached down to her waist.

She was soon called out by both fans and detractors for cultural appropriation, defined as the adoption of elements of a minority culture by members of the dominant culture. In this case, a White woman is wearing a traditionally African hairstyle that many Black women are criticized for wearing in certain environments.

There were some fans, however, who saw no problem with her style of choice.


Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.