Kim Kardashian is addressing the ways she navigates past criticisms of cultural appropriation. In a new interview with i-D Magazine, Kardashian, 41, said she “would never do anything to appropriate any culture,” but she understood the backlash she’s previously received for styling her hair in braids and cornrows.
“Honestly, a lot of the time it comes from my daughter [North, 8] asking us to do matching hair. And I’ve had these conversations with her that are like, ‘Hey, maybe this hairstyle would be better on you and not on me,” she explained. “But I also want her to feel that I can do a hairstyle with her and not make it that big of a deal either if that’s something that she’s really asking for, and really wants.”
The mom of four said that she’s “learned and grown over the years,” which has allowed her to have more nuanced conversations with her kids. “I’ve definitely learned over time, and I’ve tried to pass that culture of learning onto my kids too,” she continued. She also said that her “biggest goal” is to “have raised kind and well adjusted kids.”
This isn’t the first time that Kardashian has said that North influences her style. Speaking at a panel at BeautyCon in 2018, she once again opened up about the criticism she’s faced and said that her then-4-year-old daughter often helps her put together outfits.
“My daughter actually loves braids, like this last time I wore [them], she helps me pick out a look and will show me pictures. I just think if it comes from a place of love and you’re using it as cultural inspiration, then I think it is okay.”
She concluded saying, “What’s crazy is you can be having the best day, you can be posting the best pictures of yourself or whatever makes you happy, have one million positive comments and you’ll see one negative comment and it’ll ruin your day.”
At the time, Kardashian also admitted the negative comments on the internet can sometimes affect her headspace.