Kylie Jenner was slammed on social media earlier this week after another cultural appropriation misstep.
The 19-year-old Kylie Cosmetics mogul was spotted wearing a do-rag (also known as du rag, durag and doo rag), a head wrap traditionally worn in the black community, on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2017 show in New York City, Yahoo reported. Jenner shared photos of her ill-advised look on Snapchat, and more snapshots of Tyga’s girlfriend wearing the do-rag while sitting in the front row of the fashion show also spread online.
After her photos made rounds on social media, Twitter users began slamming the “Keeping Up With the Kardashian” star for her cultural appropriation, with tweets ranging from snarky to outraged. Check out some of the responses over Jenner’s look below:
Vann Newkirk, writer and founder of a Twitter movement to celebrate the roots of the do-rag, which he dubbed #DuragHistoryWeek, explained the importance of the functional accessory in an interview with BBC Trending last year. “The durag has a special place in African-American and global black history as a head wrap,” he said. “Lots of folks use durags, while other folks may not quite know what they are.”
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the do-rag as a “piece of cloth that is worn on the head to cover the hair.” The accessory was “most commonly worn by black men between trips to the barber, either to preserve a style or cover up hair too kinky to comb,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
This isn’t the first time Jenner has been criticized for cultural appropriation. She also got flak for wearing a Louis Vuitton scarf as a do-rag in March. Tyga’s girlfriend was also seated front row at Alexander Wang’s runway show at the New York Fashion Week in February when she was spotted sporting a Yaki ponytail, Refinery29 reported. This is made from hair used by women of color to add extensions to their braids.