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Kim Kardashian‘s latest magazine cover for 7Hollywood has landed her in hot water.
The cover features Kardashian reclined on a bed, wearing vintage Mugler, and supposedly channeling Elizabeth Taylor.
If channeling Taylor really was her intended mark, she seems to have missed it. People online are accusing the star of cultural appropriation and wearing blackface.
Wearing Mugler Private Archives for @7hollywood_mag. ✨✨✨ WHAT A DREAM ✨✨✨— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 19, 2019
Art Direction by @manfredthierrymugler. Photographed by @alixmalka
Styled by @maryammalakpour
Make Up @makeupbymario
Hair @peter.savic pic.twitter.com/x1hJ50H3q8
In the photos from the shoot Kardashian posted, her skin tone is noticeably darker.
Upon first glance, many users stated they thought they were looking at a Black woman.
I thought it was a black woman 😐— you_r_enough (@ArianaisRARE_) December 19, 2019
“GIRL WHAT IN THE BLACKFACE FUCK IS THIS???” Twitter user @brownblaze responded.
GIRL WHAT IN THE BLACKFACE FUCK IS THIS???— ashley yates (@brownblaze) December 19, 2019
I’M SO SICK OF YEWWW pic.twitter.com/haPnpnzn2d
Another compared her to Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president who was exposed for being white when she claimed and appeared to be Black.
“Y’all really finna let Kim Kardashian cosplay as a black woman for the rest of her life and not say nothing huh?” Twitter user @some_girlll wrote.
Y'all really finna let Kim Kardashian cosplay as a black woman for the rest of her life and not say nothing huh? pic.twitter.com/Ex3N3L6MzT— Black Ginger Foutley (@some_girlll) December 19, 2019
Twitter user @vientimz believes Kardashian is exploiting her marriage to Kanye West, who is Black, and her children’s biracial status to justify appropriating the physical traits of Black women.
How come nobody is talking about @KimKardashian’s black face 🥴 being married to a black man and having mixed babies doesn’t make you a black woman. Putting yourself in the front line of prison reform doesn’t give you a pass either. Thanks for coming to my pep talk— Tima (@vientimz) December 19, 2019
You dont have to do blackface pic.twitter.com/MLcJ5Hbg9R— Wynters (@Sacha_Wynters) June 14, 2017
Mere months after that accusation, she was accused of blackface yet again. She attempted to channel former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for a photoshoot and again missed the mark.
Kardashian’s long history of blackface, appropriating black hairstyles, and originally naming her shapewear line “Kimono” (it’s now been changed to “SKIMS”), has earned her the title of “culture vulture.”
The thing with Kim Kardashian and her family’s tireless history of cultural appropriation and Blackfishing is that she knows better. They know better. But they continue to do this because they know outrage sells. They’re able to keep their name relevant by doing things like THIS. https://t.co/rIE1fuYUXH— Wanna (@WannasWorld) December 19, 2019
In addition to accusations of blackface for the 7Hollywood cover, Kardashian faces claims that she has been purchasing Instagram followers to keep up with her sister Kylie Jenner’s massive following. Kardashian and Jenner have 154 and 153 million followers, respectively, but Jenner’s follower engagement leaves her older sister’s in the dust. As reported by Radar Online, Jenner consistently receives nearly four times the likes and comments from her followers than her sister does from her own larger following.
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.