Kylie Jenner Cornrows Instagram
Kylie Jenner has become famous for being a hair chameleon and taking risks, from sporting undercuts, shoulder cuts, and earlier this week, turquoise locks while promoting her hair extensions line at the Bellami Beauty Bar in West Hollywood.
Already growing tired of her green locks ,Jenner presented her latest beauty look: cornrows, on Instagram yesterday. The photo captioned “I woke up like disss” (probably a false statement) instantly garnered objection
The biggest critic of Jenner’s hairstyle was 16-year-old Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg, whose note was screengrabbed and began to show online: “@novemberskyys when u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.” If you recall, Stenberg is not jumping on the Kardashian hate bandwagon; discussing the appropriation of cornrows is something the young actress/activist feels passionately about, as she explains in her video, “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows.”
Jenner, wanting to get her own word in responded by writing, “@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.”
Stenberg’s comment on Jenner’s photo is vise and makes a true point: celebrities do have the ability to use their voice and power to help bring attention to greater current cultural issues in America and potentially make a positive impact. Jenner’s answer is sadly dismissive, and instead forgoes an opportunity for self-reflection for a high school-level fight. (Remember, despite their ubiquity, these girls are still teenagers who happen to have the entire world as witness to their own personal lunchroom drama.) Another troubling aspect about Jenner’s comment is that “go hang w Jaden or something” sounds a bit like she is saying that Amandla takes her “black concerns” to another black person—one who might care about her problems. (Perhaps this is pointing to some inside conversation between the two, but to their many followers, this is not certain)
The bottom line is that we are learning and changing all the time,especially as we are exposed to different ideas and practices. But when someone tells you that what you are doing is troubling or appropriating their culture, try listening instead of shutting them down.