The Kardashian-Jenners will keep stealing from Black women because they are never held accountable for their actions.
By Tiffanie Woods
Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are officially cancelled. The Kardashian-Jenner clan are no strangers to being accused of cultural appropriation or stealing from Black culture, but they have gone the extra mile with their latest ventures. Both have been accused of stealing ideas and copying from independent Black-owned companies with their newest brand drops. They have clearly thrown all fucks out of the window.
When Kylie announced her new all-camo line was going to be added to the Kylie Shop via an Instagram post, it was only a matter of hours before Black twitter and the independent Black owned label Plugged NYC called Jenner out for copying the line’s designs – including its most notable pieces – the orange and black camo pants which have been worn by both Rihanna and KeKe Palmer.
Plugged NYC also came with the receipts, revealing that Jenner had previously ordered multiple pieces from the shop and even asked them to make custom color options for her. A simple Twitter search of “Kylie Shop” reveals multiple tweets and screen-grabs showing how Kylie and her team obviously copied the indie brand.
The Kardashian-Jenners spend so much of their time stealing from Black women, whether it’s esthetics or actual designs, so it’s no surprise that older sister Khloe and her clothing line Good American, had only just a week prior been accused of the same thing.
Good American announced on June 2 that there would be a new line dropping soon. Before the unveiling of new clothes, there was a lot of hype-building on Khloe’s and other members of the “Good Squad’s” social media accounts.
On June 4, Khloe put out a behind-the-scenes video, which featured models in bejeweled body suits and leggings. A day later indie designer Destiney Bleu – whose customers in include Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Serena Williams – came forward accusing Khloe and her team of copying her designs.
— d.bleu.dazzled ® (@dbleudazzled) June 2, 2017
— destiney bleu (@destineybleu) June 2, 2017
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 2, 2017
Every sitster in the fam owns all of my tights. Khloe literally bought one of everything and had me personally make her custom items too. https://t.co/FqK6qjMXLf
— destiney bleu (@destineybleu) June 2, 2017
Good American immediately sent Bleu a cease and desist letter, noting that she was only looking for her “15 minutes of fame”. This was only after Destiney spilled all of the tea on Khloe’s team – including that her executive assistant and former stylist Monica Rose both borrowed and purchased many of Bleu’s designs. Destiney also revealed that they would later buy one of everything from her site. If Good American had its way, Destiney would be meek and take back her comments and delete all of her tweets and receipts. Instead, Destiney has lawyered up.
As entertaining as this drama is – and lord knows I love the messiness – it’s a huge problem. This is not the first time that a powerful, rich, white celebrity has used their influence and resources to copy and profit off of a Black-owned business. For the Kardashians and Jenner’s, this isn’t and won’t be the last time they steal.
From Kim trying to co-opt corn rows, to Kylie’s cosmetically altered lips that were named the new “it” feature after centuries of Black women being shamed and called ugly for their natural features – we’re exhausted. With every new scandal, they all have the same outcome. Their whiteness allows them to steal, then apologize and feign innocence or sadness. It is to be expected when their public profiles stem from being culture-vultures and making a profit off of elements of Blackness. The Kardashian-Jenners will keep stealing from Black women because they are never held accountable for their actions.
— Lancestipher (@Lancestipher) November 7, 2016
We somehow expect for celebrities and rich white people to do this and get away with it. Thanks to Destiney and Plugged NYC speaking out and even showing the behind-the-scenes legal information and the steps that they took, they are showing other independent brands that they can do it too. They may not all be able to hire a top lawyer, but they can make it a PR mess and show the public that this is wrong and that the Kardashian-Jenners shouldn’t be able to profit from it. The Kardashian-Jenners will keep stealing from Black women because they are never held accountable for their actions.
The lesson here is to stop buying from brands that have a history of theft and appropriation. Buy from independent Black businesses and show Black creatives your support instead of giving in to the Kardashian-Jenner hype-machine.
Author Bio: Tiffanie Woods is a human living in Boston and just trying to live her best life. Most of her time is spent talking about pop culture on her podcast “Spill It” and trying to get that perfect Instagram shot without breaking a nail. Follow Tiffanie on Twitter and Instagram.