Kim Kardashian West has spoken out against critics who judged her for rocking fulani braids for an awards show and allowing her five-year-old daughter get her naturally curly hair straightened in a revealing new interview.
The 37-year-old reality star dazzled in her white crop top paired with a sparkly skirt for the MTV Movie & TV awards Sunday – but people were shocked she chose to wear her hair in thin corn rows after experiencing an immense backlash earlier this year.
As stated on Daily Mail, in an interview, Kim revealed her decision to wear the braids was because her eldest daughter, North West, wanted matching hairstyles.
‘I actually did that look because North said she wanted braids and asked if I would do them with her. So we braided her hair and then we braided my hair,’ Kim explained.
During this interview, Kim recognized why there has been controversy in the past over her previous hairstyles.
This backlash first began in January when the reality star revealed on Snapchat that her then-platinum locks were braided into corn rows.
She called the look her ‘Bo Derek braids’ – in reference to the actress’ hairstyle in the 1979 film, 10.
Many blasted Kim on social media saying her comment was ‘disrespectful’ and she was accused of cultural appropriation.
But the mother-of-three clarified her original comment stating she understands and respects the culture behind fulani braids.
‘I obviously know they’re called fulani braids and I know the origin of where they came from and I’m totally respectful of that,’ she said. ‘I’m not tone deaf to where I don’t get it. I do get it.’
After people complained, she said she should’ve explained her meaning before posting the Snapchat.
‘But in no way am I ever trying to disrespect anyone’s culture by wearing braids,’ Kim said. ‘If anything, my daughter was so excited to see me get matching braids with her.’
One thing the reality star will not stand for is people attacking her daughter for the choices they make when it comes to her hairstyle and outfits.
North celebrated her fifth birthday this past weekend in New York City and opted to wear her curly, biracial hair straight for the festivities.
But people criticized Kim for allowing her daughter to get her hair straightened at such a young age.
People accused Kim of letting her daughter get extensions to achieve the straight locks, but the mom said North’s hair is naturally that long when straightened.
Ultimately, Kim said she was not going to allow other people tell her how she should raise her daughter.
‘I’m not going to comment on everything and get all worked up over it because I wasn’t doing anything harmful and she loved it and she had fun with this new look and she was feeling it,’ she said.