5 Times the Kardashian-Jenner Sisters Were Called Out for Cultural Appropriation

The KarJenners have definitely faced their share of criticism and backlash, most recently for their relationships, dieting promotions, and parenting. But the fashion icons have also been called out for cultural appropriation plenty of times in the past. Here are five of the worst instances.

1. Kylie Jenner's Cornrows

In 2015, Kylie posted a photo of herself wearing cornrows on Instagram. She captioned the photo, "I woke up like disss." One fan wrote "#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter" on the post, and actress Amandla Stenberg fired back, "When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans."

2. Kendall Jenner's Pepsi Commercial

In 2017, Kendall worked on a Pepsi commercial that showed her walking through a crowd of protesters, while police stood by watching. 


The ad was ultimately pulled when Kendall and Pepsi were called out for exploiting the Black Lives Matter movement. 


“After I saw the reaction and I read what people had to say about it, I most definitely saw what went wrong," Kendall later said. "I was so stuck, and I really didn’t know what to do, that I completely shut down.”

3. Khloé Kardashian's Niqab

In 2015, Khloé Kardashian faced heavy backlash after posting a photo of herself wearing a niqab, a veil that covers the entire face, except the eyes, worn by some conservative Muslim women.


Many criticized her for being offensive and disrespectful, as well as questioning her decision to wear it in general.

4. Kim Kardashian West's 'Bo Derek' Braids

Back in January, Kim Kardashian posted a picture of herself in Fulani braids on Snapchat, referring to the look as "Bo Derek braids." The hairstyle stems from the Fulani ethnic group in West Africa, and many criticized her for accrediting them to one movie star. 


"It's just a hairstyle," Bo Derek defended Kim. [She] calls it the Bo Derek because she copied my pattern of braids."

5. Kylie Jenner's Camouflage Bikini

In 2017, Kylie launched a swimwear line that featured a camouflage bikini. She was heavily criticized by fans who said it was too similar to the camouflage outfits Destiny's Child had worn in their "Survivor" music video, back in 2001. 


Kylie was also accused her of ripping off designs from Tizita Balemlay and her PluggedNYC collection, without crediting the black designer.