Kim Kardashian was recently featured in a New York Times interview where she discussed her upcoming beauty line KKW Beauty and addressed recent backlash caused by what many deemed to be her use of blackface in an image to promote her new beauty business endeavor.
you black now sis?
— bonafidehoe (@pettyyonceh) June 14, 2017
“I was really tan when we shot the image,” she said in the interview, “But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.”
It comes as no surprise that Kim would argue no one pointed out the fact that her look was problematic. Time and time again, Kardashian and her entire sisterhood have been accused of cultural appropriation and racial slights. Heck, only a couple years ago, Kim K. was featured in a racist photo shoot in Paper Magazine, inspired by Jean Paul-Goude’s “Iconic” photography. You know, the same Goude who featured Grace Jones in a cage and titled the photo series with her in it “Jungle Fever.” No one can forget Kendall’s recent Pepsi ad debacle and her lip plumping challenge.
And of course, Khloe Kardashian once found it appropriate to post this meme:
So, c’mon. Expectations of the Kardashians and their ability to respect other cultures and peoples, especially black women, should be pretty low by now. What we should expect is a whack-ass, half apology.
And that is precisely what Kim K. delivered:
“I would obviously never want to offend anyone. . . . 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. No one mentioned it. Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it.”
Do you think the Kardashians will ever learn from their appropriation mistakes?