Alternate title: All your faves are problematic.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

4 Apr 2016 - 4:00 PM  UPDATED 5 Apr 2016 - 1:07 PM

So Justin Bieber has dreadlocks.


The apt caption reads "why"; the question many people are asking as the singer faces criticism once again for cultural appropriation.

Three months ago the singer faced backlash when he uploaded a photo of himself with cornrows, saying that his reported girlfriend Hailey Baldwin "made him" get them, and that he looked like an "absolute douchebag".


It was also Bieber who came to Kylie Jenner's defence when actress Amandla Stenberg called her out for appropriating black culture last year.


When Jenner posted this pic, Amandla left the following comment.

Jenner responded with her own comment:

And Bieber came to her defence, writing:


As Amandla Stenberg said in her video Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows, "appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalisations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture they are partaking in... Braids and cornrows are not merely stylistic. They're necessary to keep black hair neat."

She also wrote the following comments on race and cultural appropriation:


Stenberg's comments about the double standards for white people appropriating black culture, and being deemed as "high fashion or cool" for it, are proven right constantly. Where Giuliana Rancic slammed Zendaya's Oscar look for making her look like she smelled of "patchouli oil and weed", Juliette Lewis wearing cornrows to the 1992 Oscars was lauded by red carpet hosts as "rather striking". Lewis responded to the compliment by noting that the look was "a little native looking".



This wasn't the first time Kylie Jenner appropriated a black hairstyle. Two months before the cornrows controversy, Jenner covered Teen Vogue while wearing dreadlocks.

But that was last year. Has Jenner perhaps learned her lesson since then?

Not exactly. The 18-year-old was recently criticised for attending Alexander Wang's New York Fashion Week show with a Yaki hairpiece, made specifically to mimic the texture of Afro-Caribbean hair.


And Kylie is not the only Jenner who's faced criticism for appropriating black hairstyles, while simultaneously being praised by the media for it.

Kylie's sister Kendall was recently praised by Marie Claire for "taking bold braids to a new epic level" while sporting cornrows.

...Upon facing backlash, the magazine was forced to apologise for their "poorly worded" tweet:

Meanwhile, older sister Kim Kardashian, who's worn cornrows in the past, has recently been praised for bringing in the "coolest new hairstyle of 2016", boxer braids.




Sister Khloe Kardashian is also a fan of "boxer braids" which are, as Jezebel pointed out, just a rebranding of cornrows.


But of course, it's not just Justin Bieber and the Kardashian-Jenner's who are guilty of appropriating black hairstyles. Here's 18 other celebs who also don't understand that wearing black hairstyles is cultural appropriation.


Miley Cyrus


Katy Perry


Riff Raff


Lady Gaga




Justin Timberlake


Axl Rose


Lady Sovereign


David Beckham




Paris Hilton


Heidi Klum




Christina Aguilera


Gwen Stefani


Jared Leto


Jennifer Aniston