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Supermodel Naomi Campbell took a swipe at Kim Kardashian as the reality star was being accused of “blackfishing,” a form of cultural appropriation involving the staged appearance of having black heritage after she appeared on the upcoming March cover of Vogue which follows “Black History Month.”
In the photoshoot, Kardashian modeled traditional African hairstyles and flaunted outfits that resemble those of black icons, according to the Daily Mail.
Campbell reportedly liked an Instagram post by Diet Prada that compared Kardashian’s cover shoot with similar shots using black artists. It was captioned, “Kim and Vogue said ‘Black History Month.'”
The reality star has previously been accused of mimicking Campbell’s style, wearing nearly identical outfits that the supermodel has showcased in the past.
Kim Kardashian and Vogue said “Black History Month” pic.twitter.com/ElK70mzc8V
— Diet Prada (@diet_prada) February 9, 2022
In 2019, she proclaimed she was “Team Naomi” as she posed in an identical silk dress that Naomi once wore on the Gianni Versace Fall 1996 runway. Kardashian went on to tag Campbell on Instagram, writing, “Naomi Forever.”
She also posed in an Azzedine Alaïa bodysuit, that looked just like the one Campbell donned in 1991. In December of 2018, Kardashian attended a Broadway event wearing a metallic Versace dress that was a ringer for the one Campbell wore in 2015 for the Fragrance Foundation Awards. She also reportedly copied Naomi’s thigh-skimming sparkly Versace look that Campbell wore to the 1997 MTV Awards.
“I don’t know if I would ever say, ‘Oh my God, this person looks like me.’ I think if someone has dark hair and tan skin people are going to say, ‘Oh, that looks like Kim.’ And that’s not fair, because there are so many people who are just themselves,'” Kardashian commented during her interview with Vogue.
Fashion Editor: @mr_carlos_nazaril
Entertainment Director: @sergiokletnoy pic.twitter.com/gRENipm41O
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 9, 2022
The interview continued:
“One reason Kim can’t see herself in her legion of lookalikes, perhaps, is that she grew up used to not seeing herself in the popular culture of her youth. Kim came of age in the ’90s, era of the androgynous grunge waif, three descriptors that bear no relationship whatsoever to her brand of curvaceous sex appeal. She remembers not seeing herself in any beauty icons growing up until Salma Hayek (and shortly thereafter, Jennifer Lopez) came along. That’s when a light bulb went off. ‘Okay, there’s other body shapes out there. There are other looks that people find beautiful,’ she recalls thinking. ‘My reference for prom was Salma Hayek. I went to the MAC counter and brought pictures of her. It was like, I finally have someone to look up to.'”
All over social media, commenters are expressing outrage over Kardashian looking darker than normal for the shoot, especially since the cover follows “Black History Month.”
This certainly is not the first time that she has been accused of “blackfishing” or cultural appropriation by her detractors.
Last year, in an interview with i-D Magazine, Kardashian said she “would never do anything to appropriate any culture” in her style.
“Honestly, a lot of the time it comes from my daughter asking us to do matching hair,” she told the magazine.
“I’ve had these conversations with her that are like, ‘Hey, maybe this hairstyle would be better on you and not on me,'” she recounted. “But I also want her to feel that I can do a hairstyle with her and not make it that big of a deal either if that’s something that she’s really asking for, and really wants.”
The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star also referred to her own cultural background, noting that “there’s also a history of braiding hair in Armenia, and people forget that I am Armenian as well.”
The interview with Vogue was wide-ranging concerning Kardashian and her life, including her high-profile divorce with rapper Kanye West.
“I always think, What will be next?” Cover star @KimKardashian says. “Because I always had Kanye, who knew exactly what the next fashion era would be for me. And there’s something scary about being out there on your own, but also something so liberating." https://t.co/NCPAB9iBdj pic.twitter.com/jU9OtZBxDE
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) February 9, 2022
“For so long, I did what made other people happy. And I think in the last two years I decided, I’m going to make myself happy,” she admitted. “And that feels really good.”
“And even if that created changes and caused my divorce, I think it’s important to be honest with yourself about what really makes you happy,” she added.
“I’ve chosen myself,” Kardashian told Vogue. “I think it’s okay to choose you.”
(Video Credit: Entertainment Tonight)
Kardashian was slammed on social media for cultural appropriation:
literally when will someone tell kim kardashian (and vogue) that she isn't black. like man come on. pic.twitter.com/78ok5ssXh1
— emily (@memilies) February 9, 2022
Kim Kardashian and Vogue said #HappyBlackHistoryMonth here’s some Blackfishing to celebrate pic.twitter.com/1RPer6c5JP
— Go Check On Gina (@DerellaDeVil) February 10, 2022
Kim needs to stop her obsession with Beyonce and Black women though… lol. #VOGUE #Beyonce #KimKardashian https://t.co/MIpB2IeEzM pic.twitter.com/m0eNtOx5aN
— EspoirBonheur (@EspoirBonheur27) February 9, 2022
Kim Kardashian re-invents Rachel Dolezal in black history month photos for Vogue. Appropriation at its apex. Kim, Nina Simone would have slapped you SO HARD. You don’t even know. pic.twitter.com/0UbUAaGqQy
— Haji Mohamed Dawjee (@Sage_Of_Absurd) February 9, 2022
Kim Kardashian black fishes so much, we don’t even mention it anymore smh.. and btw vogue, she didn’t redefine beauty, she appropriated black cultur. The same culture you refuse to acknowledge @voguemagazine
— bigLo (@CallMeBigLo) February 10, 2022
Why do we keep pushing this dumpster on everyone? There was really NOBODY better than this.
What a joke Vogue.
— Sophie (@krazypensgal58) February 9, 2022
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