Kim Kardashian was dragged once again back in June after fans claimed she was in blackface in her KKW Beauty ads. Now, the reality star, 37, is finally opening up about about the controversial pic.
On last night’s episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians, Kim said, “Oh my gosh. I’m seeing these photos from the campaign, the ones that we took. And people online are saying that I’m doing blackface but I would never in a million years be disrespectful and do that.” For those unfamiliar, blackface is defined as “the makeup used by a non-black performer playing a black role” — and is considered highly offensive.
She explained, “We wanted them really moody, I was really tan. I wanted to show the contour. The photos ended up being a little darker than I was and there was some people online saying that I was doing blackface and the photos were inappropriate.”
Kim consulted Jen Cohan, Chief Digital Officer at Jenner Communications, and asked her to have the photos fixed. “I mean I get it. I was super tan, the lighting is really moody, so I get why people would say that. I just want to give anyone a reason to say something negative,” Kim said. “I would never disrespect anyone,” she concluded.
Many celebs have received backlash over the years for donning the controversial look for costume purposes, such as when Julianne Hough dressed up as “Crazy Eyes” from Orange Is the New Black, played by Uzo Aduba. Yet we’re surprised it took Mrs. Kanye West so long to comment on the allegations — especially after her horrific, racist experience in Vienna back in 2014.