When it comes to causing an online controversy, no family has quite perfected it as much as the Kardashian/Jenner clan. Recently under heat from the Twitter world, Kylie Jenner has been accused of culturally appropriating her hairstyle during Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week show on February 13th. For the show, Kylie Jenner showed up in a high ponytail, a simple hairstyle in concept, but it wasn’t the ponytail that enraged Twitter users all over the Internet. The fact that left Twitter users up in arms with rage was the fact that young Kylie decided to use Yaki for her ponytail.
For those who are unaware, Yaki is a type of hair used for braiding, specifically in the black community. Unlike the regular hair extensions that Jenner has been seen sporting in various different looks, Yaki hair caused a true uproar due to its texture. Yaki is specifically designed to mimic the hair texture of relaxed African American hair. Overall, the frustration over the ponytail simply relates to the fact that Jenner’s natural hair texture is nothing like the Yaki hair texture. Due to this, the black community has spoken out against Jenner, stating that her use of the Yaki hair is cultural appropriation.
This past July, Amandla Stenberg called Jenner out for wearing cornrows, posting a comment under Kylie’s photo that read, “When u appropriate Black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help Black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
No commentary has been heard from Jenner or her hairstylist about the fiasco.