Kim Kardashian is taking her critics head-on, addressing the cultural appropriation backlash she faced after sporting Bo Derek-inspired braids, as well as cornrows at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in June.
During a panel at Beautycon in Los Angeles, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star said that her braided hairstyles come from a “real place of love and appreciation.”
“I’ve definitely had my fair share of backlash when I’ve worn braids. I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel around the world and see so many different cultures that have so many different beauty trends,” the 37-year-old said.
“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 added. “Sometimes I think maybe if you don’t communicate where you got the inspiration from, and I’ve done that in the past, then people might not understand it.”
The beauty mogul also revealed that she sometimes struggles with the negative comments she receives on social media.
“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,” Kardashian explained.
However, the reality star said she doesn’t really get affected by the negative comments anymore and tries her best to look at the positive side of social media.
“I might re-evaluate it when the time comes that my kids want phones and want to be on social media, but all in all I’ve tried to look at the positive of it.”