Kim Kardashian’s Blackface Controversy Is Not Her First Time Being Criticized for Racial Insensitivity

Kim Kardashian is no stranger to controversy. Ever since she became famous more than 10 years ago, the reality TV starlet has been on the receiving end of constant criticism.

Recently, Kardashian found herself in hot water for doing something that is considered “blackface” and offensive to the black community in America. However, it is important to note this is not the first time Kardashian has been accused of being racially insensitive. She has had several faux pas over the years concerning her behavior towards other cultures.

Kim Kardashian was recently accused of darkening her skin

Kim Kardashian-West speaks at The Girls' Lounge dinner, giving visibility to women at Advertising Week 2016
Kim Kardashian-West | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Girls’ Lounge

On December 19, pictures from Kardashian’s cover shoot with 7Hollywood magazine were revealed on the internet. Kardashian was channeling legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, but fans were mostly focused on something else: her skin color.

A lot of people on the internet were quick to point out that Kardashian’s skin looked much darker in the photos than her natural color, with social media users writing “that’s literally blackface” and that it’s “not cool or cute.”

A source spoke to Page Six to defend Kardashian. The insider said that the lighting was to blame for Kardashian’s skin looking dark and that people “often forget that she is of Armenian descent.”

Kim Kardashian had a similar controversy in 2017

Of course, Kardashian’s 7Hollywood shoot does not sit well with a lot of people because they have gone through this before.

Back in 2017, Kardashian channeled Jackie Kennedy in a photoshoot with Interview magazine alongside her daughter, North. Fans were quick to point out how bizarre it was that Kardashian’s skin color had been altered to be the same as North’s.

The interview that accompanied the photos left a bad taste in people’s mouths as well. When talking about raising a biracial daughter, Kardashian seemed to focus mostly on North’s appearance.

According to Brande Victorian, an editor for Madame Noire, Kardashian’s interview was a perfect example of her obsession with the physical characteristics of black and brown women. But she still had an unwillingness to deal with issues that women of color face on a daily basis.

Kim Kardashian was also criticized for racial insensitivity earlier this year

Kardashian has not just been criticized for changing her skin color, however. Earlier this year, she was in hot water for trying to make money off of Japanese culture.

Before launching her new shapewear line, Kardashian announced that it would be called Kimono. She said that the name was a play on her own name as well as “a nod to the beauty and detail that goes into a garment.”

However, as expected, most people did not think that naming a shapewear line after a traditional Japanese garment was a good idea at all, especially since it was revealed that Kardashian wanted to trademark the word “Kimono.”

One Japanese woman commented to the BBC: “We wear kimonos to celebrate health, growth of children, engagements, marriages, graduations, at funerals. It’s celebratory wear and passed on in families through the generations. [This] shapewear doesn’t even resemble a kimono – she just chose a word that has Kim in it – there’s no respect to what the garment actually means in our culture.”

The Kardashians have often been accused of cultural appropriation

Ever since Kardashian and her family became celebrities, they have often been accused of cultural appropriation.

Many critics point out that, for years, the Kardashian women’s popularity came from their physical appearances and sexual appeal. However, they are not known for embracing the features that they were born with.

Rather, they like to adopt features associated with brown and black women in order to gain clout.

Author Derrick Clifton wrote on Mic: “It seems when black women have features associated with black people, they are called ‘less beautiful’ or ignored, while white people embodying these same features often receive kudos for pioneering trends.”