Kylie Jenner, Amandla Stenberg’s online rant

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amandla Stenberg Tackles “Double Standard” of Beauty for Black vs. White Women.

The Kardashian Klan are used to hairstyles that break the internet – Kim’s platinum blonde dye job threatened to overshadow the whole of Paris fashion week in March.A photo of reality television star Kylie Jenner sporting cornrows set off a social media feud on Sunday after “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg responded to the Instagram selfie by calling Jenner out for cultural appropriation. “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 [sic],” Stenberg wrote on Jenner’s post, according to a screenshot of the comment taken by Vibe before it was deleted. Jenner fired back, saying, “Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do [sic],” and adding that Stenberg should go hang out with “Jaden,” referring to the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Hunger Games star was reportedly among those critics who felt the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was wrongfully appropriating black culture with her hairstyle.

In a post on both her Twitter and Tumblr accounts, captioned with “words by me,” she argues there is a double standard of beauty for white and black women. “While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally,” Stenberg wrote. “This double standard is one string in the netting that surrounds black female sexuality – a web that entraps black women when they claim sexual agency. Go hang w Jaden [Smith, a mutual friend] or something.” Neither star’s rep issued an immediate comment on the apparent social media exchange, which led to some uncertainty on whether Amandla really took issue with Kylie’s corn rows. Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersect of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive.” In April, a video from Stenberg’s Tumblr went viral.

In the video, titled “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows,” the actress breaks down the history of cultural appropriation and names a list of white female celebrities who she said have appropriated black culture – a club of which Jenner, according to Stenberg, now finds herself a part. I’m white, and I had my hair braided for the Guardian earlier this year by Keash, a braiding service set up by school friends Taiba Akhuetie, 25, and Jessy Linton, 24. Akhuetie, whose mother is Nigerian, said she liked the idea of these styles going across races and ethnicities, despite some negative comments from black people. Kenya Hunt of ElleUK.com, who regularly writes about black beauty, praises Stenberg as a “really bright young voice”, but says: “I think when it comes to conversations about race and cultural appropriation, we need to pick our battles.

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