Naomi Campbell And Her Fans Troll Hard On Kim Kardashian For Blackfishing (Modelling In African Hairstyles)

Loving the look: Kim copied Campbell's 1991 look from the Azzedine Alaïa catwalk as she posed in Paris
Loving the look: Kim copied Campbell's 1991 look from the Azzedine Alaïa catwalk as she posed in Paris

Naomi Campbell takes a swipe at Kim Kardashian as reality star is accused of blackfishing in Vogue cover shoot

Kim, 41, has been accused of ‘blackfishing’ in Vogue, modelling traditional African hairstyles and dons outfits similar to those worn by black icons

The edition was released this week during America’s Black History Month but as magazines are printed a month in advance it is the March issue

Naomi, 51, liked an Instagram post that accused Kim of cultural appropriation and brought up the many times she has copied the supermodel’s style
Naomi Campbell took a swipe at Kim Kardashian’s latest Vogue cover shoot as the reality star faces yet more accusations of cultural appropriation.

Kim, 41, has long been accused of copying supermodel Naomi’s style, with fashion blog Diet Prada bringing up the comparisons again on Wednesday after Kim’s Vogue shoot came under fire.

The reality star has been accused of blackfishing – attempting to appear to have black heritage – in the images, where she models traditional African hairstyles and dons outfits similar to those worn by black icons.

Naomi, 51, made her feelings clear as she liked the Instagram post – which compared Kim’s cover shoot with similar shots using black artists – and was captioned: ‘Kim and Vogue said “Black History Month”’.

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Hitting out Naomi Campbell took a subtle swipe at Kim Kardashian on Wednesday after the reality star was accused of blackfishing in Vogue cover shoot
Hitting out Naomi Campbell took a subtle swipe at Kim Kardashian on Wednesday after the reality star was accused of blackfishing in Vogue cover shoot
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Accusations: Kim Kardashian has been accused of blackfishing – attempting to appear to have black heritage – with her latest Vogue magazine cover shoot

The post also noted Kim’s comments on lookalikes in the interview.

She said: ‘I don’t know if I would ever say, “Oh my God, this person looks like me.” I think if someone has dark hair and tan skin people are going to say, “Oh, that looks like Kim.’ And that’s not fair, because there are so many people who are just themselves.”‘

The interview continued: ‘One reason Kim can’t see herself in her legion of lookalikes, perhaps, is that she grew up used to not seeing herself in the popular culture of her youth.

‘Kim came of age in the ’90s, era of the androgynous grunge waif, three descriptors that bear no relationship whatsoever to her brand of curvaceous sex appeal. She remembers not seeing herself in any beauty icons growing up until Salma Hayek (and shortly thereafter, Jennifer Lopez) came along.

‘That’s when a light bulb went off. “Okay, there’s other body shapes out there. There are other looks that people find beautiful,” she recalls thinking. “My reference for prom was Salma Hayek. I went to the MAC counter and brought pictures of her. It was like, I finally have someone to look up to.”’

Speaking out: Naomi, 51, made her feelings clear as she liked the Instagram post - which compared Kim's cover shoot with similar shots using black artists
Speaking out: Naomi, 51, made her feelings clear as she liked the Instagram post – which compared Kim’s cover shoot with similar shots using black artists
Under fire: This isn't the first time Kim has been accused of 'blackfishing' or cultural appropriation, with fans often taking issue with her braided hairstyles (pictured in 2020)
Under fire: This isn’t the first time Kim has been accused of ‘blackfishing’ or cultural appropriation, with fans often taking issue with her braided hairstyles (pictured in 2020)

Enraged commenters pointed out that the timing of the spread was particularly bad given that it’s Black History Month in the United States.

They penned: ‘In the middle of Black History Month, they drop this on us. So *tired* of being told a Kardashian is “redefining beauty” when Black women have been setting beauty and style trends for decades.’

‘This is Rachel Dolezal level of appropriation at this point’; ‘She wants to be Naomi so bad’; ‘That’s what came in my mind first when I saw those photos’; ‘Well we all know Kim has made an entire business from trying to be Black. From body, men, and so on…’;

‘This is wrong in so many levels.’; ‘Blink if you’re not surprised’; ‘all black women were unavailable huh?’; ‘But…she’s not black.’; ‘They said “black history month but can we make it not black?”’

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Not impressed: Enraged commenters pointed out that the timing of the spread was particularly bad given that it’s Black History Month in the United States

Kim did receive some support, however, with commenters pointing out that many fashion figures recycle trends and that magazines are printed a month in advance so Kim’s cover shoot would fall under March’s edition.

They penned: ‘I feel like this a bit of reach’; ‘Rich people wearing the same designers, styled by the same stylists, inspired by the same icons – scandalous’;

‘This post is so pointless… At what point does inspiration become appropriation? Now even the angles of a picture are appropriation of a culture/race? Although she’s not disrespecting anyone because it’s literally all fashion and beauty references (just because Naomi wore it doesn’t mean it’s only for people of color?

‘Shes literally a model earring the pieces) I believe it’s just a fashion editorial that has nothing to do with race but people are trying too hard to push these topics when it’s literally not needed or relevant to a literal fashion editorial.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Kim and Vogue for comment.

Pointless: Kim did receive some support, however, with commenters pointing out that many fashion figures recycle trends and that magazines are printed a month in advance
Pointless: Kim did receive some support, however, with commenters pointing out that many fashion figures recycle trends and that magazines are printed a month in advance

This isn’t the first time Kim has been accused of ‘blackfishing’ or cultural appropriation, with fans often taking issue with her braided hairstyles.

Kim addressed the backlash in a chat with i-D Magazine last year, saying that she ‘would never do anything to appropriate any culture’ in her style, which is sometimes influenced by her oldest daughter, North, eight, who is mixed race.

‘Honestly, a lot of the time it comes from my daughter asking us to do matching hair,’ the reality TV icon – who is also mother to daughter Chicago, three, and sons Saint, six, and Psalm, two, with estranged husband Kanye West, 44 – told the magazine.

Seeing double: Kim's history with Naomi goes back years, with the reality star often accused of copying the supermodel's style (Kim seen in the same dress Naomi wore on the Gianni Versace Fall 1996 runway)
Seeing double: Kim’s history with Naomi goes back years, with the reality star often accused of copying the supermodel’s style (Kim seen in the same dress Naomi wore on the Gianni Versace Fall 1996 runway)

‘I’ve had these conversations with her that are like, “Hey, maybe this hairstyle would be better on you and not on me,”‘ she said.

‘But I also want her to feel that I can do a hairstyle with her and not make it that big of a deal either if that’s something that she’s really asking for, and really wants.’

Kim pointed out her own cultural background, noting that ‘there’s also a history of braiding hair in Armenia, and people forget that I am Armenian as well.’

In the chat with the publication, Kardashian said she has ‘definitely learned over time, and… tried to pass that culture of learning onto [her] kids too.’

Loving the look: Kim copied Campbell's 1991 look from the Azzedine Alaïa catwalk as she posed in Paris
Loving the look: Kim copied Campbell’s 1991 look from the Azzedine Alaïa catwalk as she posed in Paris

Meanwhile Kim’s history with Naomi goes back years, with the reality star often accused of copying the supermodel’s style.

In 2019, Kim addressed the claims and gushed she was ‘Team Naomi’ as she posed in the same silk dress that Naomi once wore on the Gianni Versace Fall 1996 runway, Kim tagged Naomi on Instagram and wrote: ‘Naomi Forever’.

Before that, at the start of March, Kim had posed in an Azzedine Alaïa bodysuit, just like the one Naomi wore in 1991.

Copy cat: In December 2018 Kim attended an event wearing a metallic Versace dress just like the one Naomi wore in 2015 for the Fragrance Foundation Awards
Copy cat: In December 2018 Kim attended an event wearing a metallic Versace dress just like the one Naomi wore in 2015 for the Fragrance Foundation Awards

In December 2018, the TV star attended a Broadway event wearing a metallic Versace dress just like the one Naomi wore in 2015 for the Fragrance Foundation Awards.

Also in December, Kim copied Naomi’s thigh-skimming sparkly Versace look that the model wore to the 1997 MTV Awards.

It prompted inevitable speculation that there was a collaboration in the works between Naomi and Kim, though it was later confirmed as just ‘fan girling’.

Loving the look: Kim also channeled Naomi's look at the Versace Pre-Fall 2019 show in New York in December 2018. Naomi first wore it at the 1997 MTV Awards
Loving the look: Kim also channeled Naomi’s look at the Versace Pre-Fall 2019 show in New York in December 2018. Naomi first wore it at the 1997 MTV Awards

 

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