Khloe Kardashian offends with Bantu knot hairstyle

The reality star initially posted a photo with the caption "Bantu babe."

By Annie Martin
Khloe Kardashian at the NBC Universal upfront on May 16. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Khloe Kardashian is facing backlash for her Bantu knot hairstyle.

Social media users accused the 32-year-old reality star of cultural appropriation after she posted a photo of herself wearing the African style, which originated with Zulu tribes.


Kardashian initially shared a picture with the caption "Bantu babe," but replaced the shot with another photo, according to Us Weekly. The new post reads, "I like this one better."

"Khloe Kardashian wearing Bantu knots is so not surprising ok she has appropriated just about everything there is to appropriate from us," one person tweeted in response.

"Didn't think Khloe Kardashian could ever look stupider than she did in cornrows but I see today she attempted bantu knots," another wrote in the photo comments.

"@khloekardashian it would be nice if you paid homage to the black woman culture when you do our hairstyles," a fan suggested. "But carry on."

Khloe Kardashian faced backlash after posting a photo of her Bantu knot hairstyle. Photo by Khloe Kardashian/Instagram

Kardashian's half-sister Kylie Jenner also faced criticism this week after sharing a photo of her red cornrow braids on her 19th birthday. Actress Amandla Stenberg had called out Jenner last year for wearing the traditional African style.


"When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention toward your wigs instead of police brutality or racism," Stenberg said.

Kardashian appeared to laugh off the controversy by tweeting, "You guys never disappoint! LMAO" Tuesday evening.

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