Kim Kardashian has been out of the headlines for a while, after her surrogate gave birth to her third child (named, strangely, “Chicago”), so she decided to rock the boat a little over the weekend and reveal dyed-silver hair, plaited into what she called her “Bo Derek braids,” a reference to the cornrows the actress sported in the movie “10.”
The internet was not happy. It seems despite Kim’s actual appropriation of a white woman’s mid-1970s hairdo, she was still accused of cultural appropriation.
The Daily Mail reports that social media users weren’t fans of Kim’s new hairdo and blasted the reality television star for stealing the look. ‘I’m still a bit peeved on how @KimKardashian had the audacity to call these braids ‘Bo Derrick’ braids,” claimed at least one user. Another, not understanding the reference, added, “Kim Kardashian on snap talking about some Bo Derek braids. Kim they are called CORN ROWS.”
The “Bo Derek” throwback seems to have been hastily added to avoid such controversy, suggesting that Kardashian was trying to bring back the 1970s, rather than a look most people only get on vacation. The problem was, even Bo Derek didn’t exactly invent cornrows.
“Kim K got braids like these. And gave credit to Bo Derek for the style. Am i wrong for being bothered. Because I’m super bothered. That’s who tf you give credit for for that style !? Seriously.”
Fortunately for Kim’s detractors, they did little except add to Kim’s fame. The family that doesn’t know the meaning of bad publicity quickly seized on Kim’s trending hairdo and issued another full set of photos, this time, depicting Kim in various states of undress, expressing in captions that she was not interested in giving “f***s” about how her styled up locks were received.