Kim Kardashian accused of doing ‘blackface’ for the 7Hollywood editorial

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I’ve never even heard of this magazine, 7Hollywood. Kim Kardashian covers the winter edition of the magazine, with an editorial directed by Theirry Mugler. Kim wore a wig which makes her look a bit like a vintage Eartha Kitt. Her face also looks different, right? Is it the wig or the makeup? She looks very cat-like. But that’s not what people are talking about. People are talking about how Kim’s skin looks darker in these photos, and they’re accusing her (once again) of doing blackface in an editorial or photoshoot. This is like the millionth time Kim has been accused of this. But she wants us to know that it’s all just an innocent lighting situation.

A source close to Kim Kardashian has responded to critics of her new 7Hollywood magazine cover, denying allegations of “blackface” or that the beauty mogul was purposely attempting to look like a black woman.

“It’s the lighting that makes her look darker in this specific image,” a source close to Kardashian, who was on set for the shoot, told Page Six. “There are multiple covers and images from this shoot where the lighting looks more natural. People are so quick to find the negative in everything and also often forget that she is of Armenian descent.”

The mother of four, 39, received immediate criticism after posting the Winter 2020 cover of the fashion mag to Instagram, with several followers saying that her tan and/or makeup looked far too dark — bordering on blackface — an accusation the reality star has faced time and time again.

“Would you please stop with the blackface it’s ridiculous to say [at] least,” wrote one of Kardashian’s followers, while another commented, “She look black in that 2nd photo … hmmm here she go again.”

7Hollywood’s Instagram page has also been flooded with comments calling out Kardashian and the publication. “Y’all are sick for this. She is not a black woman,” wrote one critic, with another accusing the mag of “promoting blackface.”

[From Page Six]

Horsesh-t. But at this point, I’m not going to get outraged by this stuff. That’s what Kim wants, that’s what the magazine wants. I get that people will be legitimately outraged by this family’s continuous blackfishing, but they all know better and they continue to do it anyway. Kim knew what she was doing when they applied the dark tan makeup on her body. Kim knew what she was doing when she put on this wig. The photographer knew what they were doing too. Ugh.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    While in some other photos I can see the blackface, here all I see is the fake tan.
    And fake boobs. And fake everything. As per usual.

    • Keekee says:

      The Armenian angle doesn’t work because without their fake tan they are very pale women especially Khloe.

      • Gobo says:

        The Armenian heritage comes from their father. Khloe’s biological father has long been rumoured to be Alex Roldan rather than Robert Kardashian.

      • Jessica says:

        Robert is very likely Khloe’s bio dad and has people in his family with her coloring who look very similar to her (including his own mother), but people will keep saying that she’s everyone else’s kid but his no matter how unfounded it is. People just want to know why she didn’t end up with the dark hair and dark eyes. That’s genetics.

      • Sally says:

        chloe is not a karTRASHian…..trash yes…but….

      • Jadedone says:

        Let’s not forget the big butt is bc she is Armenian lol

      • AppleTartin says:

        All it would take is one DNA test to prove Khloe is a Kardashian. But they won’t cuase she is not. The lame DNA test proving her mother was her mother episode was laughable.

      • K-Peace says:

        I believe she is only 1/4 Armenian anyway. I remember reading that her father Robert was half Armenian.

      • kelleybelle says:

        Alex Roldan is Khloe’s father. She is not a Kardashian. Kris readily admits that, and the affair that parented Khloe. She looks just like him, too.

      • Sara says:

        Have y’all ever BEEN to Armenia? Or Turkey? Or Georgia? Sure some people are pale but they also aren’t exactly European ‘white’ either. It’s Western Asia, so like most of those people consider themselves to be Western Asian or people of color. I had this conversation with several Turkish people and a few Georgians. While I would have considered them to be ‘white’ by American standards they were like ‘yeah, no, thanks, not white. we’re brown’

        Just saying, you probably shouldn’t put people in the white box unless they want to be there. It’s not Americans place to be defining the white line in Europe/Asia.

    • Jessica says:

      Armenians are white. Some Armenians have more of what people think of as a stereotypical “Middle Eastern” look, with darker features and darker coloring, and some of them are as white as any Scandinavian. Kim naturally has dark hair, dark eyes and white skin. The extreme bronzing she does is as fake as it is when Ariana Grande does it and they both know what look they’re going for and how it helps the image they are trying to sell. They both are consciously adopting a certain aesthetic in order to monetize it in a way that black women are not usually able to. In Kim’s case, she also bought the body. People also use the Italian defense with Ariana, and it’s completely bogus. The girl is naturally completely pale, as many Italians are (and many are not). You have to look at their aesthetic and their image in their totality, the full packaging, to understand what’s happening (i.e. Ariana uses AAVE with certain types of audiences and then completely drops it with others).

      • ReginaGeorge says:

        I’m mixed race Latina. In the winter time I’m pale AF and I blow out my hair cuz it’s just easier to deal with so I look like a white woman, but in the summertime I get olive-skinned from being out in the sun and I wear my hair naturally curly and I look like a completely different person, different race. I look more stereo-typically “Latina”. By the end off July, I have to use foundations that are 6 shades darker than my winter foundations. While I understand Kim and Ariana use a lot of fake tanner, they could probably tan several shades darker, but probably stay away from the sun to avoid UV damage.

        Kourtney is naturally tan. When I saw some of her toddler pics, she looked like a little Mexican girl to me, so It’s not a stretch that Kim can tan well. But I do agree she OD’s on the spray tanner to a shade that she probably couldn’t achieve by just being out in the sun. And we know how she likes to troll and play with appropriation and at this point should know better so I don’t give her any passes here.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I agree, Jessica. I know four Armenian families. Not that it’s conclusive by any means, but they are all very fair-skinned with black/dark brown hair. I am Italian. My siblings (5 of us) all look Italian, and we have dark hair and naturally pale skin, which tans easily if we’re silly enough to lie in the sun. Our older sister is the odd one out. She has red hair and pale, freckled skin which burns easily. It’s just genetics.

        KKW has been doing the fake dark tan for years, and her aesthetic has definitely swung you-know-where since she’s been with Kanye West. She has deliberately changed her face, body and colouring to look more like him, and now, their children. One only needs to look through the Celebitchy Kardashian archives to see the transformation.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Indeed, the Caucasus mountains are in Armenia, from which we get the very term “caucasian.” I have never understood the defense of “but she’s Armenian!” for her use of blackface.

        For God’s sake, Eartha Kitt was a black woman, not Armenian. She’s trying to look like Eartha Kitt, which means she IS doing blackface!

      • AnnaKist says:

        Gold Stars go to Lightpurple! Well said! 🌟🌟🌟

      • SKF says:

        Look, she’s plastic as anything and she, like her sisters, regularly culturally appropriates from and fetishises African American culture. But google photos of Kim, Kourtney and Rob from when they were little kids (no fake tan in sight) and they were all extremely darkly tanned much of the time. Not all
        Armenians have the extremely dark olive skin; but their dad did and so do they, Kourtney in particular. They were not pale-skinned (Khloe was, she had completely different colouring). In summer, they, and their father, were brown. As brown as any fake tan or lighting they employ now. Obviously they don’t tan for real anymore, because it’s ageing; but I actually think it’s fine to fake tan to shades that they would go naturally and even one or two shades beyond. That is what fake tan is for.

        The wig style Kim is wearing is one regularly employed (in different colours) by Mugler in his shows in the 80s and 90s. As is the stark lighting with everything turned up tonally to give a slightly alien feel (Honestly she looks more orange than pretending to be black here). He used to do alien-like versions of vintage vibes a lot. In this case, Although the end-result is very Eartha Kitt, I don’t actually think this particular instance was necessarily blackface or race-baiting.

        Then again, if it wasn’t intentional, they should have seen the end result and rethought the lighting etc. because the first shot is controversial.

        I’ve also lived in The Mediterranean, and the fake tan colour Ariana makes herself is only half as tan as a lot of Greeks, Italians and Spaniards get. I regularly tell one of my Spanish friends that she looks boot-polished, she is so tan (she is obsessed with tanning). Is that skin colour within her personal natural range? Who knows, she was a kid who grew up inside of studios – not a whole lot of sun to be found. But it IS well within range for many Italians, particularly in the south. She quite possibly is fetishising Latina culture (and that can be seen in elements of her style too); but it can’t be said definitively because people can actually use fake tan and not be trying to mimic another race / culture that is not their own.

        I don’t know… I think usage of fake tan and bronzer is a tough thing to police. There are genuine cases of people trying to pass as biracial, black and Latina when they are white. Kim
        And Ariana sometimes beer into dodgy territory, for sure; but neither has ever claimed to be any other race than their own. It’s a weird, multi-layered thing.

      • T says:

        One of my old college professors described her as “deliberately racially ambiguous” and that stuck with me.

      • Sara says:

        lol so some random American is going to define ‘white’ for the rest of the world?

        Nice.

    • BeanieBean says:

      In that first photo, they’re definitely going for Eartha Kitt; in the second, I’d say Gina Lollobrigida.

      • Christina says:

        I see an attempt to mimic Dianne Carroll, and Ms. Carroll just passed, but just about everyone in LA wants to look tan. She’s still problematic AF about her attempts to appropriate Black culture and looks for $$. She sometimes strikes me as a higher rent Rachel Dolezol, lol.

        Up from the depths of flu, CBs. Get a flu shot if you can. It was nasty, the worst I’ve ever had. Missed my flu shot this year. Had to use Tamiflu. Going to get a flu shot as soon as they let me.

      • tiredTreaded says:

        Oh, Lor’, a “high rent Rachel Dolezol”. Yes, this! The whole K Klan absolute culture vulture. 1st they went for the Paris Hilton bony arsed heiress thing, and when that didn’t flatten, they leaned all in t other way. Hm.

    • missskitttin says:

      she’s in full Eartha Kitt drag!

  2. lucia says:

    I see no difference between that picture and how she usually looks?

    • Bella DuPont says:

      There’s a very subtle difference (in my view), but this is where I think people take the criticisms a little bit too far. Imitation is the best form of flattery (I sincerely believe this), so I have no issues with her dressing/looking this way. I mean, what is the harm? Where is the insult? What is the injury? I just don’t get it. 🤷🏼‍♀️🧐

      • Megan says:

        Blackface is putting on someone else’s oppression for entertainment. It is incredibly harmful because it belittles and minimizes that oppression.

      • MariaS says:

        @Bella Dupont: Race isn’t a costume you put on to look sexy and take off so you’re not discriminated against or killed by the police for failing to use your signal. People like Kim Kardashian want the beauty/talent/coolness of Black women without the obstacles, and flaunt that privilege. Who’s harmed? Black women who lose jobs over ethnic hairstyles or are called ghetto for having natural curves while Kim is praised for her purchased body and “boxer braids.”* Kim is trying to be Beyoncé without any of the talent or work ethic.

        *Yes, I know it’s box braids.

      • Enny says:

        OK, I have a serious question I’m hoping some of you can answer. I am not black, so can’t possibly understand all the nuances, and I was wondering about some of the greyer areas, as I imagine you could look at blackface/appropriation as almost a spectrum of microaggressions, and I’m wondering how simple tweaks to the presentation shown here would impact the overall level of offense.

        For example, say they really wanted to honor the legacy of Eartha Kitt and hold her up as an example of timeless beauty. Aside from the fact that they have chosen a white woman to channel a black woman’s beauty – already a completely questionable and problematic choice, to be sure – what if the “blackface” element is removed? By that I mean, the wig itself doesn’t typify “natural” African hair, as it’s straight – Eartha wore wigs to achieve that look, same as Kim is here. What if a white woman wore that wig, clothing similar to what Eartha wore, and makeup similar in style/level of glamour to what Eartha wore, while at the same time using shades complementing her white skin tone, and not trying to look darker. In essence, what if the intent is simply to hold up the timeless beauty and glamour of Eartha Kitt without trying to “become” Eartha Kitt?

        As stated elsewhere, imitation is flattery. And it seems they were trying to show Eartha in a positive way, as a symbol of a certain type of class, beauty, and glamour. But, also, as I stated above, the choice of a white woman for that particular project would obviously already be problematic enough to place it on the “spectrum” of offense.. How much of the outrage over the Kim photos is the literal “blackfacing,” and how much is the (also legitimate) offense taken to the magazine deciding to give a white woman credit and profit on the coattails of the hard-won successes of a black woman, even if also trying to honor that black woman in the process?

        Which is more problematic – the literal “blackfacing” or the appropriation of a black icon as a symbol of universal, whitewashed beauty and glamour? And where does it fall on the “spectrum” if it’s only the latter, without the former?

        I am just legitimately curious. Thank you.

      • Derriere says:

        How in the world could you do any justice to honor Eartha Kitt or any other POC by choosing a figure from another race to do it? You could definitely just do it, but it wouldn’t be appropriate.

      • Enny says:

        @Derriere agreed. Even if that’s the intent, it’s wrong. My question was different, though – whether there are degrees of blackface/ appropriation, and for those who are personally offended, what’s more offensive.

      • Christina says:

        @Enny, I think it’s the faking of skin color.

        If she’s trying to honor Kitt or Carroll, most people won’t see that’s who she is honoring without the skin darkening because these famous Black women were styled the same way as white movie stars in the 50s and 60s, but just say it in the article or in the photo captions instead of wearing someone else’s skin color. It’s sickening when white people do this. It’s like they are wearing the pelts of darker skinned people that they can remove as desired. My darker relatives can’t remove their coloring as needed to stay safe from racism.

        Remember when Kim was dressed as Pam Anderson and no one recognized her costume? She had to tell people and she was pissed about it. Just TELL people you are homaging Diane Carroll or Eartha Kitt. She need to leave that homage to Zendeya or someone like that, but, if you must Kim, don’t darken your skin with tanners it lighting to do it. As we tell toddlers, use your words, Kimberly. In the 50s and 60s, the only tans we saw were on light-skinned Black women, who were more readily accepted than darker-skinned actresses. Bi$&h knows better.

  3. Lily says:

    I thought that was someone else

  4. Kelly says:

    I’m glad you told me who it was, regardless of skin color, I wouldn’t have recognized her face.

  5. Keekee says:

    Apology in 5 minutes… It’s rinse and repeat with these people.

  6. Ladychef83 says:

    I was thinking more Elizabeth Taylor than Eartha Kitt.

  7. JennyJazzhands says:

    You always know its intentional when they bring up Armenian heritage.
    We have seen kim and co. with no makeup on and they are pale. Period. You wanna see the real? Look at an unedited pap photo of them and notice the difference in color between their face and hands.
    Re: the backlash- its what she wants. Ignore it.

  8. Lurker says:

    She’s tan, I don’t see it. She’s always this tan, sometimes it’s not that deep. It’s tan.

    • Joanna says:

      She might be tan now because she wears such heavy spray tans but she actually has fair skin. She’s just been spray tanning so long and non stop, you think it’s her natural skin tone. It’s not. It’s the whole picture you need to analyze. She was very hairy when she was younger, she had electrolysis on her hairline. So she had no baby hairs. Well, I tuned into her show for 5 minutes and what does she have? Baby hairs plastered down along her hairline. Like POC have. Surgery to have the bady shape considered desirable for WOC. Lips injected to be full like many WOC have. Spray tans so dark, people mistake her for a POC. Posed in a grill like some POC. Wears wigs and weave popular with WOC. I’m married to a mixed man, I don’t do any of that. Put all that together, what do you have? A woman trying to be “black.” She wants the street cred without any of the hardships. Jmo

    • Elizabeth says:

      No, Lurker, in fact if you go back ten years she looks completely different, she has reshaped and changed her appearance a lot. One example is that now she will do her hair in cornrows despite people repeatedly pointing out the cultural appropriation, plus that family is absolutely not that dark skinned to the point of how she looks here. Armenians are not Africans. This is not tan anyway, it’s makeup.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    OMG, lol, soooooooo vintage Eartha Kitt. And yes, they knew exactly what they were doing. The wig? Come on. The dress? The pose? 😒

  10. Lala11_7 says:

    The disdain I feel for every grownup in that family…could power a mid-size metropolitan city

  11. Diana says:

    The top photo reminded me of Whitney. She is definitely doing blackface. SMH

  12. Jessica says:

    This is such obvious blackface. I couldn’t believe it when I first scrolled past the pics on another site last night. If I hadn’t stopped to read the headline, it never would have occurred to me that this is Kim. This is her shtick. This is what she does, and what she’s popularized among every Instamodel who tries to act “exotical” or fetishize and build an identity around being “mixed race” (read up on Chris Brown’s baby mama who advertises herself as “Blasian” with “Cherokee blood” but who, it turns out, is fully, 100% Thai and nothing else; she’s just one example who got exposed recently). The only white person I might think of looking at these pics is Elizabeth Taylor, but there are a ton of black women who come to mind first. Nevermind the extreme bronzing. Kim Dolezal is at it again but her stans will refuse to see.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      So, this is where I get confused on this issue….I feel like this is completely different from blackface. Blackface was done (for the most part) as a way to mock black people and their physical features.

      This feels like the opposite? I’m not suggesting it’s a good thing necessarily, but I don’t really see where the outrage comes from.

      • Jessica says:

        She’s adopting the features and aesthetics of black women in order to monetize them in way that black women are rarely able to. This seems pretty obviously harmful to me, but I’m not black and black women can speak for themselves on this if they want to. Suffice it to say that there is an incredibly long history of white people and people of other races adopting black features, black mannerisms, black culture, etc. and being able to profit from them in a way that is not often afforded to black people. Kim gets to be celebrated and become a multimillionaire for adopting an aesthetic and having a (surgically enhanced) body type that black women have often been derided and mocked for. Call it blackface or blackfishing, the criticisms are the same.

      • Babs says:

        I think its the idea that blackface is when someone changes their skin colour as darker sometimes it was to mock in the past and other times for costumes ect (though someone correct me if I am wrong) . So I would assume that because she used makeup and tanner to achieve this look, and profits from it, that is why it is considered blackface.

        I also understand the confusion especially when I feel like every instagram influencer, Kim K, amd even my friends I know use an unreal amount of tanner. They range from orange to purple to very dark brown depending on if they are using self tanner or beds, and their background. People just need to go more au natural.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        @Jessica, you explained it perfectly. Me, a black woman, can’t wear my natural hair without people commenting. Me, a black woman, can’t wear braids or lock my hair, without being questioned about it or told to do something different with my hair because wypipo have deemed it unprofessional looking. My lips, my hips, my thickness is deemed undesirable by magazines who hold up European standards as the end all be all. But…a Kardashian can plump their lips and hips and they are all the rage. They take our culture and because they are white, it’s deemed acceptable. So, it is a big deal to black women and why most don’t support the culture vultures.

      • perplexed says:

        Maybe this falls into the category of cultural appropriation.

      • Joanna says:

        She might be tan now because she wears such heavy spray tans but she actually has fair skin. She’s just been spray tanning so long and non stop, you think it’s her natural skin tone. It’s not. It’s the whole picture you need to analyze. She was very hairy when she was younger, she had electrolysis on her hairline. So she had no baby hairs. Well, I tuned into her show for 5 minutes and what does she have? Baby hairs plastered down along her hairline. Like POC have. Surgery to have the bady shape considered desirable for WOC. Lips injected to be full like many WOC have. Spray tans so dark, people mistake her for a POC. Posed in a grill like some POC. Wears wigs and weave popular with WOC. I’m married to a mixed man, I don’t do any of that. Put all that together, what do you have? A woman trying to be “black.” She’s making money off adopting black culture! She wants the street cred without any of the hardships too. Jmo. I’m married to a black man and I’m white. I still go to Kohl’s, cook underseasoned food, and am a basic Becky. I don’t use my mixed relationship to become a WOC or play at being black. Kim does and it’s not right.

  13. HK9 says:

    There’s nothing wrong with her actual skin tone and she should use it. We know what they’re trying to do and I’m glad people are calling her out.

    • Eliza_ says:

      She hasn’t been her natural skintone in a long time. She spray tans because her natural olive doesn’t photograph as well as the golden fake. So this deep golden brown is not natural, not “Armenian”, it’s like everything else about her, adopted to have a certain image.

      • Red32 says:

        She hasn’t been her natural *anything* in a long time. I think she’s on her 5th nose since her tape was released.

    • Joanna says:

      Agree!

  14. Tiffany27 says:

    Her entire life is blackface so….. yeah for consistency.

  15. ChillyWilly says:

    There goes Kim showing her ass again. She knows EXACTLY what she is doing and how offensive it is and she doesn’t give a shit.

  16. JulieCarr says:

    In the bottom cover she just looks like her usual shade of tan, and that seems to be the photo with the closest to natural lighting and least editing.

    They’ve very obviously amped up the contrast in the bed photos, which is making her look darker.

    The styling with the hair and excessive jewellery suggests they were going for Elizabeth Taylor.

  17. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I wouldn’t call this blackface but I would call it blackfishing. It’s a term that describes white people who tan to look vaguely black or ethnically ambiguous. Ariana Grande is another one who does this.

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      This is my take on it as well. Ariana in her “Thank u Next” video was on another level of tan than usual and it was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it, but she never really gets called out for it.

    • Jadedone says:

      I actually only learned recently that Ariana is not Latina, I feel stupid

      • ME says:

        Oh you’d be surprised how many people don’t know Ariana is full on 100% Italian.

      • grumpy says:

        There is no such thing as 100% Italian. Italy didn’t even exist as a country until the 19th century. Italians have a lot of middle eastern genes actually.

      • ME says:

        @ grumpy

        I think she said herself that she was “100% Italian” but I could be wrong. I was quoting her but now I’m not sure when/where/if she said it. It was years ago. What I meant was both her parents identify as Italian…as in she’s not half Italian and half Latina or anything.

      • Joanna says:

        Don’t feel stupid, I thought she was a Latina too for the longest time.

  18. Cindy says:

    Other than the wig, I think she looks like she always does? If you hadn’t told me her skin was supposed to look darker I wouldn’t have realized.

    EDIT: Actually now that I do know I went and googled pics of Kim through the ages and… I still don’t see it. It still looks like her skin tone. This isn’t like Ariana Grande who goes from Hayley Williams to Ciara. I know the K’s have done plenty of problematic things regarding this issue but this is one were I really don’t see it.

    • Joanna says:

      Look up pictures of Kim with Kris Humphries. She’s pale if she doesn’t tan but has light skin with olive undertones so she tans easily. She’s just been doing the tan so long, you guys think it’s her natural color.

  19. Cali says:

    At this point, I wish these stories would never resurface again, it’s ridiculous at this point as I find most stories about who was lightened or darkened in a magazine, and she’ll do anything for attention while her audience who claims to hate her, watch her every move to scrutinize her for anything…to give her more of the attention that she wants.

  20. Onemoretime says:

    This family of trolls need to go away. Very different than her Halloween custom the Legally Blonde character. Shes a disgusting stunt queen. Since her buddy has been impeached she has to go back to her old Tricks.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kim-kardashian-channels-legally-blonde-for-halloween-2019/amp/

  21. Veronica S says:

    I mean…I’m white, so my contribution’s value is limited here, but I straight up thought that was a black woman on the cover at first glance, with an eye to emulating the mid-century soul singer look. Seems pretty cut and dry to me where intent is concerned.

  22. Cali says:

    This kills me. I love the times when you can see her scalp and truly see just how pale skinned she actually is. I think she’s been tanning for soooo long that people forget how she really looks.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishmirror.ie/showbiz/celebrity-news/kim-kardashians-throwback-shows-frighteningly-13372008.amp

  23. Qtpi says:

    In some of the photos she looks like Scarjo in blackface.

    She knew what she was doing.

  24. ME says:

    Of course it’s all done on purpose to get us all to talk about her. Also, what does her being part Armenian have to do with it? She’s naturally very light in skin color.

  25. Sassbr says:

    I though my she was doing Sophia Loren.

  26. Laura67x says:

    I’m confused. So in the US kim/Kourtney are considered “white” but Oscar Isaac isn’t..and she looks the same to me

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      Oscar Issac is Guatemalan and Cuban and has a natural olive complexion. Central and South Americans have a lot of Native American ancestry. The Native Americans weren’t just in the continental US. So from his Guatemalan side he’s probably got a lot of Native DNA.

      • Laura67x says:

        There are photos from kim and Kourtney from when they were young and they had a natural tan (especially Kourtney). I think they did a dna test and they’re 40% middle eastern.

      • HK9 says:

        @Laura67x There are also lots of pics of that whole family being their actual skin tone which is pale AF without the massive bronzer & tanner.

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      Laura67x

      They probably do have Middle Eastern DNA. The “Caucus” region where Armenia is, is just a name given to that area, and even though people try to use it as a basis to call them Caucasian, it really means nothing. The people in that region are just as racially mixed and diverse as people from Latin America. Turks from the region run the gamut of skin tones as well. But I think the fact that Kim’s mother is a white woman, and they had a typically more white and privileged upbringing is why they are considered more White than ethnic. And the fact that they employ the use of cosmetic treatments to artificially attain more ethnic features (i.e. their lips and their butts) is why people call them out moreso than anyone else. They’ve been trying to appropriate Black features for a while and people are just sick of it.

    • perplexed says:

      Maybe he’d be considered a white Latino. I see Ted Cruz referred to as a white Latino. I’m not sure how Isaac personally identifies however.

  27. Bettyrose says:

    I wouldn’t even recognize that as Kim Kardashian. When surgery, make up, and photoshop can morph you into anything, why even have a live model?

  28. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Anything for attention. She’s exhausting.

  29. Erin says:

    She knows she’s wearing blackface and doesn’t care because she thinks having a black husband and mixed race kids gives her a pass. It doesn’t and she is awful.

  30. NotHeidisGirl says:

    As tone deaf and fake as ever.

  31. Jules says:

    I’m accusing her of fake face.

  32. ME says:

    Didn’t she just say how Kanye wants her not to dress so sexy anymore? Not that a man should tell a woman how to dress but WTH. She lies so much it’s insane.

  33. CROWHOOD says:

    That’s a picture of a black woman. If you didn’t know she was white ahead of that picture you would never guess.

  34. perplexed says:

    The cover doesn’t look like her at all. But maybe she’s never wanted to look like herself.

    Whether she’s tan or not tan — that’s not her face!!!

  35. PlaidSheets says:

    I saw this picture earlier with a different article. I thought it was someone else (an actual black woman) and closed the article because I didn’t feel like looking for the picture of Kim K.

    My mistake.

  36. ans says:

    Honestly she just looks like Kacey Musgraves in these …

  37. Zee says:

    This woman is really pathetic and she knows exactly what she was doing. This is the outcome she wanted which was talk. On the flipside deep down I have always believed that she wants to be a black woman physically w/o the struggles that come with it. I wish she do a permanent disappearing act

  38. Charfromdarock says:

    She knows exactly what she’s doing and that’s it’s going to cause controversy. Her only talents in life are getting pissed on and stirring the pot for attention.

    I would never have know that was KK.

    • Llvanslyke says:

      Exactly this. And the Kardashians will keep doing this kind of stunt because there are never any consequences. There’s only PR and never any downside for them

    • Jen says:

      Exactly. They pull stuff like this, get a ton of publicity, but leave it just ambiguous enough that a lot of people buy their denials of “Oh shucks… we didn’t know.”

  39. perplexed says:

    I actually thought that was Taraji P. Henson.

  40. Bella A A says:

    I thought she was channeling Sophia Loren.

  41. Derriere says:

    Honestly, I think Kim is testing out the response to a Beyonce Halloween costume. She has honestly been tweaking her face so long to get to that point of being able to imitate her, why not start off with a fresh batch of blackfishing photos

  42. Elaine Stritch says:

    I’m not getting into the blackface of it all, but aside from the era of the hairdo NONE of this styling screams Eartha Kitt at me….

  43. JanetFerber says:

    There is a subtle difference on the cover that says, yes, Kim was going for the outrage she usually courts for $$$ for her bank account. So tired and tiring at this point. Don’t take the bait when being trolled. I think the real message is, “Because I’m Armenian, I can date or marry black men, and because I’m Armenian, black men can date or marry me.” And with that message are all the ramifications, nice and not nice, that go with that statement.

  44. mash says:

    Honestly this is this family’s 600 millionth time doing this, I dont get mad, i just laugh and keep it moving.

    Imagine waking up with all the info we have and social media and news and stuff…..showing your original central european olive but NOT brown self… and you disregard it to further wear the ethnic costume you so choose. Foolish!

    This just further confirms that being black …tho heartbreaking at times with this society and the gatekeeping that goes on…is ALL the way LIT.

    I’ll continuing producing / rocking my natural dark brown melanin, curves, big lips, and my versatile hair while these culture succubi continue caking themselves with 67-shades darker makeup, plastic butts, outstretched lips, and validation from silly a** /depressed black bball players and lonely rappers.

    Carry on sistas, latinas, and other women of color. It’s a bird being a bird. Nothing to see here

    • Marigold says:

      Exactly. I mean, what’s wrong with celebrating the Armenian side of her culture (which–I mean, I’ve met Armenians and they’re white)? Olive white skin, dark hair, voluptuous shapes, strong bodies…what’s not to celebrate there?

      I wasn’t going to comment on this. I really wasn’t. I’m a white woman, and I generally read what others have to say on these issues…and just listen. But Kim is a white chick and I’m a different brand of white chick, so I’m gonna testify to my fellow white chicks for a second about this. I hope that’s okay.

      Celebrate what you are. Respect and admire what other people are. Love each other. Why is that so hard to embrace?

      I’m a pasty-white German-American (family on both sides were fresh off the boat), and there are beautiful things about the way “my people” are built. There are beautiful things about our skin and hair and language and history and food. There are beautiful ways our culture got blended with and refined by other cultures throughout history. I don’t think people who are not pasty-white Germans should be putting powders and makeup and contacts on their bodies to look more like Germans. Eat the potatoes and sausage, drink the beer, and celebrate the stoicism, the architecture, the cultural love of work, and the stubborn refusal to submit. My ethnic ancestors beat back the oppression of Rome…but they committed violent atrocities against innocent peoples, too (throughout human history). Both are part of my ethnic story. We learn from the cultural extremes that led to violence and hatred, and we celebrate the beauty. What’s difficult about that? I mean, I really don’t get why people pick extremes when the obvious middle-ground of celebrating the self as the self while ALSO celebrating others is so much easier and more intuitive. I’m beautiful and they are beautiful. Simple.

      This envy of the cultural identity of others makes no sense. Learn what YOUR ethnic story is about and embrace it. Let the people from other ethnicities tell their own story and keep your mitts off of it. Eat their food. Love their artwork and literature and music. Admire their physical differences. Read their histories. Enjoy their ethnic story but don’t envy it or try to steal it. “We mustn’t take things that aren’t ours.” (that’s a Snape quote, and I love it)

      Armenians don’t need to be putting on blackface or any other kind of face, and blackface has a unique history of abuse and dehumanizing parody. It’s not okay, and it’s not something one does “by accident.” Oops! I put on makeup 15 shades darker than the skin God gave me, and I let them dress me, wig me, and filter the light on me to make me resemble something I’m not. I didn’t know that was wrong! Yeah, right. She has an ethnic identity that belongs to her by birthright to celebrate. She doesn’t need to be putting on a cheap and insulting imitation of someone else’s, and she shouldn’t force women of color to do the work of educating her on this issue.

      Kardashian has clearly attempted to look like a black woman in these photos, and whether that was her decision or the photographers’, it was insensitive and stupid…and disrespectful. She should have said, “no.” She should have said, “This is a beautiful photo concept. Get a black woman to model for it.” She had that power. It’s the same thing as Scarlett Johansson taking an iconic role that should have gone to someone of East Asian ethnicity and then saying, “I should be able to play anyone.” Well…sure, if it’s a high school play and there are no Asian actresses for the role. But that isn’t what happened. They took a white lady in a white-majority culture and said, “We don’t need an Asian woman to make this movie about an iconically Asian woman,” and they did it in a world full of underrepresented Asian actresses who could have NAILED that role. That wasn’t okay, and neither is the smaller version of it in shoots like this. And Kardashian knew it. She knew exactly what she was doing.

      But it gets her clicks and mentions, so I guess she got what she wanted. smh

  45. Ann says:

    Add Jennifer Aniston to the list, from a recent photo shoot, but she’s the Girl next Door so she gests a pass. SMH

  46. No Doubt says:

    It’s not blackface, but the hair bothers me. She knows exactly what she’s doing and she will never stop because it gets her attention. It’s not even a good photo anyway.

  47. SM says:

    I don’t know. Maybe she did not know what she was doing. This whole family has a problem with understanding the difference between natural and artificial, between reality and fiction, they all clearly are incapable of seeing themselves in the mirror, their view of themselves is well…disoriented. i can see how she could be delusional and not realized when applying too dark body make up or photoshopping her images ” to add colour”. In my view Kanye may be living in his own delusional world but the entire clan has some mental health issues that seem to manifest in how they tread and represent their bodies

  48. CherryL says:

    So what’s new?

  49. HaHa says:

    At first look I thought it was a Diana Ross drag queen photo.

  50. Sheila D says:

    That first pic looks like Beyonce from the Austin Power’s movie!

  51. spike says:

    she is once again playing with racial appropriation…perhaps she thinks she’s entitled to do so since she has mixed race kids. absolute narcissist

  52. JanetFerber says:

    mash, you nailed it. Exactly yes.

  53. Mew says:

    For her there is no publicity. It’s free advertisements when people rage over her business, he pictures, her whatever. By now I think she does it on purpose as she has realized it helps her sales and makes her even more money.

  54. serena says:

    More than light and make-up it’s her fake tan that is too dark, so I totally understand the comments.. yet she keep living in denial.

  55. Jules says:

    I can’t stand her or most of her family but the magazine, the photographer, creative director and make up artist are all complicit too. We should hold them ALL accountable but I guess especially her, because she could have pointed it out and had final veto. Someone should have thought of that. What’s wrong with all these ppl that are blind to this? And those who continue to support her and her family who steal from black culture and just other creatives in general? Ugh.

    • Marigold says:

      and I really don’t excuse it as simple ignorance because she has black in-laws. She knew better and she did it anyway. I have black girlfriends, and just being around them and their families illustrates why “we don’t do this BS.” She’s got black FAMILY. She knew better. It’s not okay.

  56. Scorpio ♏️ Rants says:

    I read somewhere else she was going for Elizabeth Taylor? Which I didn’t get that vibe at all. Honestly I looked and thought…yes she’s darkened herself and the vibe I got was early Diana Ross.🤷‍♀️

  57. elektragirl262 says:

    Looks like Beyonce. Methinks she has been envious of Beyonce ever since she got with Kanye.

  58. naomipaige99 says:

    Of course she looks like someone else. Everything about her appearance is manufactured. Nothing is real. Everything about her if fake!

  59. Leah says:

    She forgets that she’s Armenian. She is not African American, regardless of the surgeries to her body and whatever she’s done to her lips.