Kendall And Kylie Jenner Are In Trouble For Cultural Appropriation (Yes, Again)

This time the sisters have been accused of appropriating Chola culture

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Kendall, Kendall, Kendall. Kylie, Kylie, Kylie. What are we to do with you two, eh?

The youngest sisters of the Kardashian-Jenner clan cannot catch a break when it comes to the Internet taking umbrage with their every move.

Time and time again, the pair (as well as their older sisters) have come under fire for their racially insensitive moves.

Kendall is yet to respond to critics of her Pepsi advert that commercialised, trivialised and semi-whitewashed groundswell movements like Black Lives Matter.

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Likewise, Kylie's style of wig usage has been accused of being disrespectful to the black community.

This accusation also extends to their clothing line, in which they released t-shirts with dead rappers Biggie and Tupac printed on the front whilst overlaid with images of the two white Jenners on top. To make matters worse, neither rapper's estates were asked whether their likeness could be used.

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Kylie's own clothing line has also been accused of stealing designs from a black-owned business and Kendall recently landed herself in hot water for using an emoji that was not her skintone.

The issues surrounding cultural appropriation seem to keep growing, and, unfortunately, the pair often avoid engaging in the conversation, meaning it goes on without them.

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Most recently, a Twitter user screenshotted a photo apparently from the 21 and 20 year-old's line Kendall + Kylie.

The photo was of a model wearing a pair of large hoop earrings, a lace longline bra, some baggy trousers and a shirt with the two top buttons done up.

The Twitter user Ashley Sherango, who goes by @lipstickittty, captioned the snap, '@KendallJenner @KylieJenner will you ever come up with your own ideas? #culturevultures'

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Many are alleging that the way the shirt is styled can be compared to a style that is specific to 'Chola culture,' which, according to The Guardian, relates 'to a specific subculture of first- and second-generation Mexican American girls influenced by hip-hop, enamoured with lowrider cars, and sometimes associated with gangs'.

It's also a culture to which the sisters do not belong. The 'look' has been used in pop culture many times, with the likes of Selena Gomez, Rihanna, FKA Twigs and Gwen Stefani adopting the style at various points on their careers.

Sherengo's post quickly garnered almost 3000 retweets and nearly 5000 likes while it looks like the original picture, posted by the sisters, has been taken down from their Instagram page.

Sherengo spoke to Refinery 29 about her post:

'I first saw the image on the explore page and I immediately noticed something was wrong when I saw that it was posted on the @kendalandkylie page. What bothers me is that they don't ever come up with their own original ideas. They are always taking ideas from others and never give credit. Aside from being unoriginal, it's definitely irritating to see these girls making money off a culture they know absolutely nothing about. When we —Latinas and Xicanas— dress in flannels and big pants, we get profiled and frowned upon. But when they do it, it's 'fashion.'

The line between inspiration and appropriation can definitely be blurred yet the combination of the sister's history of racial insensitivity and their lack of acknowledgement surrounding the inspiration, lead a lot of people to agree with Sherengo's perspective.

Sherengo went on to say:

They can educate themselves by interacting with us (Latinas/Xicanas) but even then, it still wouldn't make it ok for them to be selling clothes that look identical to what cholas in the 80's and 90's would wear. I don't know their thought process but I really hope they will learn from this experience and take time to reevaluate their strategy when it comes to putting together designs.

Hear, hear.

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