No, they’re not “boxer braids.”
And Kim Kardashian does not get the credit for making them “popular.” Ever since the reality star was spotted wearing cornrows on multiple occasions, outlets such as MTV UK have dubbed the look “trendy.” Excuse us while we face palm.
Cornrows have been worn by women of color for hundreds of years. Here again is another instance of the mainstream hijacking a Black hairstyle and attempting to re-brand it as their own. But we’ve seen this before, as cultural appropriation has unfortunately become part of popular culture.
When Kylie Jenner wore cornrows (and Amandla Stenberg perfectly shut her down).
Shortly after Kylie shared the above picture, Amandla commented with the perfect response: When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use your position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.
Educate ’em, Amandla!
Oh, and let’s not forget Kylie’s faux dreadlocks.
The youngest Jenner is basically public enemy number one when it comes to cultural appropriation. SMH.
Remember that time Allure used a White model for an Afro tutorial?
The magazine ran a tutorial entitled, “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro.” Allure, you really should have known better.
And Teen Vogue did the same thing when it came to Senegalese twists.
Twists, braids, and locs are not just GORGEOUS and perfect for summer, they represent strength and beauty, as @Zendaya so eloquently stated during the Oscars incident. In the June/July issue of @teenvogue I write about my personal experience rocking Marley Twists–and traveling all the way to Rwanda to learn about the rich history behind this hairstyle. It sheds light on the merging of culture, beauty, and activism through the lens of hair. I encourage you to pick up the issue or read the story online. So grateful to the brilliant team who brought this story to life 👏👏👏@edwardlampley @phillipasteele @ladyalicelane @robbiefimmano @Andreaskokkino.
Teen Vogue’s failure to feature women of color in its article showcasing a Black hairstyle didn’t just stop at the model pictured above. The article also only featured two celebrities of color, Zendaya and Zoe Kravitz.
According to ELLE UK, Baby hairs became a “trend” late last year.
Apparently, ELLE UK believed that baby hair was a new thing and that Katy Perry was responsible for bringing them to the forefront.
Bantu knots are not “mini buns.” -____-
Marc Jacobs sent models down the runway in bantu knots for his Spring 2015 presentation and one year later, Mane Addicts credited the fashion designer for the look. In actuality, bantu knots are said to have originated centuries ago in Southern Africa and are utilized by Black women all over the world.
SOURCE: Huffington Post, Global Grind | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Twitter