Kim Kardashian's transformation into Elizabeth Taylor for 7Hollywood magazine isn't going over well on social media. On Thursday, the SKIMS entrepreneur showed off her recent cover shoot for the magazine in which she channels the late Hollywood icon in a sparkling Thierry Mugler gown. The only problem? The consensus seems to be she looks a whole lot more like a different legendary actress — Diahann Carroll.
After sharing her new cover, Kardashian, 39, was almost immediately called out for her skin appearing much darker in the photos.
"Elizabeth Taylor?! Try again. More like Diahann Carroll or Beyonce! The Kar-trashians blackface/blackbody shenanigans continue," one person declared. Many others agreed.
Her skin is damn near darker than Diahann Carroll (whomst I’m also feeling like this is imitating). https://t.co/z1U2h5coGm— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) December 19, 2019
I thought this was a black woman😂😂 I had to take 3 good looks... shook— 𝕱𝖗𝖆𝖓✨ (@sadgalfran) December 19, 2019
I legit just commented the same thing.... pic.twitter.com/SvvQqXamMK— Kendra (@paxlove18) December 19, 2019
She'll say the look is an homage to Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe, but she looks like Dorothy Dandridge or Diahann Carroll too.— Robyn with a Y (@robynbirdfly) December 19, 2019
The excessive bronzing & lighting makes her appear Black. If she can't see it by now, she doesn't want to. I'm very sure Kanye approved it.
Some people said it looked like she was “wearing blackface."
Wearing blackface damn near. https://t.co/uywR0d91Am— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) December 19, 2019
thought this was a black women until i saw her name on it uh....— ellie🧞♀️ (@unluckyyellie) December 19, 2019
Kim I love you but the black fishing isn’t it 🥺— Shelby B. (@shelboybye) December 19, 2019
Others pointed out how the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and her family have faced cultural appropriation claims over the years.
The thing with Kim Kardashian and her family’s tireless history of cultural appropriation and Blackfishing is that she knows better. They know better. But they continue to do this because they know outrage sells. They’re able to keep their name relevant by doing things like THIS. https://t.co/rIE1fuYUXH— Wanna (@WannasWorld) December 19, 2019
They (in this case, @KimKardashian) want all the benefits & protections of THEIR whiteness while exotifying & fetishizing OUR Blackness. They know exactly what they are doing. They will take our culture & *aesthetic*, sell it off and tell you it’s theirs. pic.twitter.com/fnSqgwYNyv— No White Saviors (@nowhitesaviors) December 19, 2019
Kanye West's wife has yet to address the backlash; however, she previously blamed her tanner when faced with similar criticism. In 2017, Kardashian was called out for blackface after releasing a promotional photo of herself for KKW Beauty with a much darker skin tone.
"I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off," Kardashian told the New York Times after outrage ensued on social media. "But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it."
She continued, "Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it."
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