Kylie Jenner slammed by Amandla Stenberg for cornrows

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amandla Stenberg calls out double standard around black female sexuality following Kylie Jenner Instagram.

“The Hunger Games” star Amandla Stenberg has taken aim at reality TV star Kylie Jenner and her new cornrow hairstyle, accusing her of appropriating “black culture.” Kim Kardashian’s younger half-sister took to Instagram.com on Saturday to post a photo of herself wearing a crop top, sweatpants, and freshly braided cornrows, adding the caption, “I woke up like disss.” The photo has since garnered more than one million ‘likes’ and 111,000 comments, including one from 16-year-old Stenberg, who played Rue in the first Hunger Games film.The 16-year-old “Hunger Games” actress criticised Kylie Jenner, 17, for “appropriating black culture” after she posted her picture on Instagram, sporting cronrows. “@novemberskyys when you appropriate black features and culture but fail to use your position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards your wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter,” she wrote.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. The powerful post broke down the bullsh*t cultural double standards that plague black women every day. “Black features are beautiful, black women are not,” Stenberg wrote. “White women are paragons of virtue and desire, black women are objects of fetishism and brutality.

Kylie Jenner, who recently made a striking appearance with her ice blue hair, replied to the comment, writing, “@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do… Go hang with Jaden or something.” This, at least, seems to be the mentality surrounding black femininity and beauty in a society built upon eurocentric beauty standards.” (See the full post below.) Stenberg’s words ring especially true in light of the ongoing discussions about the way the public fetishizes and attacks Serena Williams’ body. It isn’t the first time Stenberg has spoken out about the issue of cultural appropriation – in April, she made a video, titled Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows, in which she accuses pop stars such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, as well as Kim Kardashian, of using black culture to gain popularity, as part of a high school history project. As Stenberg points out, mainstream beauty standards privilege white women’s bodies, while neglecting and sexualizing black women, like Williams. “Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersection of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive,” Stenberg wrote. “When the media is not ignoring black women altogether, they are disparaging them.” Stenberg has been consistently outspoken on issues of race and cultural appropriation.

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.

Often when they are sexualized, it is from a place of racial fetishism.” Stenberg, who is 16, concluded her note – which posted to Twitter and Instagram – with a question to the masses. “As culture shifts and racial tensions are tested through the vehicle of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it’s important to question: Do female black lives matter too?”

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