Khloé Kardashian recently uploaded a picture of herself wearing bantu knots on Twitter and Instagram, and her followers were not happy. The image sparked social media outrage due to the fact that she gave no recognition to the history of what the hairstyle actually is.
According to Us Weekly, Khloé originally posted the photo with the caption, "Bantu Babe," and then promptly deleted it and posted another photo captioned: "I like this one better."
Bantu knots are a hairstyle with origins in southern Africa and are often worn by black women with natural hair. They're styled by sectioning off a strand of hair, repeatedly twisting the hair into a tight coil, and then securing it with a bobby pin. Some women choose to wear the style as knots and others unravel each coil, revealing beautiful ringlets of curls.
Black-ish actress Yara Shaidi shows in her flawless selfie video below how bantu knots are styled on natural hair:
And here are some more examples:
People aren't taking issue with the fact that she wore the style but more so that she didn't at all acknowledge what the style actually is called. Khloé's bantu knot photo on Instagram, which was styled by Justine Marjan, has since racked up over 14,000 comments from people calling her out for cultural appropriation.
Instagram user @NewPlanning wrote:
The problem is not you wearing Bantu knots. The problem is when the media "glorifies" non-African Americans for wearing these hairs styles that black women have worn for decades and call it a "trend" or something new. But let a black woman wear it, and we are "unprofessional" or our hair is "unkept." Then trying to give the style a new name to make it sound "trendy." That is the problem. Wear whatever style you want, but don't allow the media to bash us for the same style they call cute and trendy on you.
Commenters on Twitter are also calling her out for not acknowledging the style as bantu knots:%E2%80%8Bt[/twitter]
Unfortunately this isn't the first time bantu knots have been culturally appropriated. There was recent controversy over Swedish vlogger, Gilan Sharafani, for discrediting bantu knots in her tutorial as "big heatless curls." It's important that people understand the origins of hairstyle before labeling it as something else.
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