Is Kanye West Okay With Kim Kardashian’s Repeated Use of ‘Blackface’
It seems like the Kardashians can’t catch a break. No matter what any of the reality stars do, there are those who will criticize them.
For example, this month alone Khloe Kardashian has been criticized for not posting about her nephew’s birthday on Instagram. Mason is 10, and Khloe says she didn’t post anything because he’s not even on social media. Social media is slamming Kourtney Kardashian for getting a puppy for Christmas.
Kim Kardashian is under fire for a more serious allegation: appearing to have darker skin on a magazine cover — aka sporting blackface. It seems like constant criticism is the price they pay for living a public life. But in some cases, criticism may be deserved.
Kim Kardashian look darker
The photos at issue were taken for the cover of 7 Hollywood Magazine. Kim is wearing a black dress designed by Thierry Mugler, one of her favorite designers.
She’s lying down on a white bed, with her short hairstyle spread around her face. Her skin is noticeably darker than in other photos.
This is not what is traditionally thought of as blackface: Kim didn’t actually paint her face. It seems like someone, maybe the magazine, or maybe Kim herself, edited the photos to make her skin darker. Or, perhaps, used a foundation shade far too dark.
A Kardashian source told Page Six that the lighting makes the reality star darker. The source added: “People are so quick to find the negative in everything and also often forget that she is of Armenian descent.”
Cosmopolitan points out that Kim looked significantly paler in her Reese Witherspoon-inspired Legally Blonde Halloween costume. Popular fashion page Diet Prada was one of the first to question if Kim’s look was problematic.
What does Kanye West think?
Kanye West, Kim’s husband, should have some feelings about his wife being accused of wearing blackface. He is Black and shares four mixed-race children with Kim, so it would fair for him to have opinions, if not concerns. Kim has faced similar blackface accusations before and West did not seem to mind.
West seems to be too involved in his own spiritual transformation right now to be bothered by these accusations. His twitter feed is full of posts about his religious service, Sunday Service.
His new-found love of religion is changing the way he sees things, including the way he sees Kim. While he hasn’t commented on the blackface aspect of the controversy, he would likely be opposed to Kim’s dress.
She wore a Mugler dress to the Met Gala this year, and West was filmed criticizing her for looking too sexy. Since he’s found religion, he doesn’t want his wife wearing skin-tight, revealing clothes.
The Mugler dress Kim is wearing on the 7 Hollywood cover is definitely revealing. Although Kim says she wants to change her style to suit her husband’s wishes, it seems like she’s not ready to give up her Mugler looks yet.
This isn’t the first time Kim Kardashian has been accused of being insensitive
Kim been accused of darkening her skin before. Back in 2017, the reality star was accused by fans and critics of blackface after a KKW Beauty campaign featuring herself showcased herself significantly darker than her normal. At the time, she said she was merely tan.
“I used an amazing photographer and a team of people,” she told the New York Times. “I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention.”
More recently she was called out for appropriating Japanese culture. Her shapewear brand is now known as Skims, but this summer Kim announced she was named the company Kimono. She faced a lot of backlash over the name. Even the mayor of Kyoto wrote to Kim asking her to re-brand.
Kim did change the name, and she’s probably grateful she did. Skims is now hugely successful.
She was able to escape the Kimono controversy and come out the other side better off. Although blackface is hugely inappropriate, Kim may be able to do the same with this controversy. If she can prove she’s learned from her mistakes, fans will forgive her.