Khloe Kardashian’s controversial look. (Photo: Instagram)
UPDATE 10/31: Whaddya know, people on the internet are still not feeling the Bantu knots on Khloe Kardashian. The reality star's controversial hairstyle appeared on an episode of Keeping Up with The Kardashians, with many begging the youngest Kardashian sister to leave the look aone.
— K. Kane (@creatingkaila) October 31, 2016
No Khloe, No, never wear Bantu knots again!! #KUWTK
— SherriB (@MrsGates91) October 31, 2016
Khloe needs to take out them wannabe Bantu knots
— Chandler (@_ieshaaaa) October 31, 2016
Seeing Khloe kardashian with Bantu knots makes me so uncomfortable
— Morgiana (@Xochela3) October 31, 2016
Tonight’s #KUWTK is Kim going to meet Kim Kimble to learn how to do Black hair as Auntie Khloé is later seen in Bantu Knots. Wild.
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) October 31, 2016
Wild indeed. Or, perhaps, just regular Kardashian antics.
Looks like Khloe Kardashian may be taking beauty cues from sister-in-law-to-be Blac Chyna. The reality TV star hit Instagram showing of a set of messy Bantu knots, complimenting her Raider’s T-shirt, over-the-knee boots, and black choker with the words “KoKo” emblazoned on it.
Blac Chyna, who is currently pregnant with the baby of Khloe’s brother Rob Kardashian, sported an intricate set of Bantu knots back in April for an event she threw with her friend Amber Rose.
Blac Chyna and her Bantu knots. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chyna’s look was far more elaborate, however, with larger knots and microbraids dispersed throughout the ‘do to add an extra cool factor. Khloe took a different route with hers, opting for a less defined version of Chyna’s decidedly crisp hairstyle.
Bantu knots seem to be trending — Teyana Taylor recently stunned Instagram followers recently with a two-toned version of the look, which featured grey streaks of hair.
Teyana Taylor shows off her dope Bantu knots. (Photo: Instagram)
As Bantu knots are a hairstyle commonly worn by black women, originating from the Zulu tribes of Southern Africa, there were of course folks calling Khloe out for being appropriative. But others don’t see the big deal. “She’s just trying out a hairstyle,” @alice.petite wrote.
The Kardashians are no strangers to hairstyles favored by women of color — or to the criticisms that often follow. After all, as @calipeach1169 pointed out, the styles are “only celebrated when white chicks rock our style. Otherwise it’s ghetto and unprofessional.” It’s an argument that frequently comes up in instances of appropriation, and it’s one that has been made countless times, especially lately.
Another look at Teyana’s epic Bantu knots. (Photo: Instagram)
But whether you’re feeling Khloe’s look or not, one thing is for certain – she sure knows how to get tongues wagging.