Culture Vultures: Kendall and Kylie Jenner accused of appropriating Chola culture


Are Kendall and Kylie Jenner really culture vultures or is this a reach?

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are at it again and not in a  good way.  The Jenner sisters have ignited another fashion scandal and now many are dubbing the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars as culture vultures over a now-deleted tweet.

It all started a few days ago when a photo of an unidentified woman showed up on their website promoting new clothes. It seemed unassuming enough except that many believe Kendall and Kylie are totally borrowing the look from Chola culture, Teen Vogue reported.

The photo shows a female from the chin down. In it, you can see that she’s wearing a stereotypical Chola outfit with black slacks and a matching black lace bra top. Over it was an oversized flannel shirt that had just the top two buttons fastened, showing off the model’s midriff and lacy bra top underneath. Topping off the outfit, we can barely make out a large pair of hoop earrings.

As you can see in the post above, many feel like this latest move by Kendall and Kylie screams appropriation and it really, it may be exactly that. After all, they are taking a few major staples of Chola culture and they are now selling them on their own website.

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Whether the Jenner sisters meant to be offensive or not, they really did make a lot of people mad over their latest fashion offering. Sadly, it’s not the first or even the second time they have been called culture vultures for trying to sell something that was not created by them.

Remember the concert t-shirt scandal? Kendall and Kylie got in big trouble (and are likely still dealing with the legal fallout) associated with their plan to purchase licensed concert t-shirts in bulk and repurpose them by superimposing images of themselves on them.

Kylie has been fielding cultural appropriation accusations for years over her recently plumped lips and also for her love of wigs. Then again, Kylie probably could have rocked all the wigs she wanted if she hadn’t claimed to be the reason that they are popular. Maybe she’s just too young to know how long Black women have been rocking wigs just like hers.

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It’s easy to lash out at Kendall and  Kylie Jenner and call them culture vultures for taking bits and pieces of other cultures that they like in order to call them their own. Let’s just hope as they get older that they’ll realize what they are doing and why it is offensive.