Kim K Crossing the Cultural Appropriation Line

Kim K Crossing the Cultural Appropriation Line

Kim Kardashian West will soon add lingerie designer to her attributes of success, but not without a price. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, just filed a trademark for “Kimono Intimates.” The trademark will cover bustier, nightgowns, breast shapers, pasties, leotards, socks and more, according to Elite Daily.

However, Kim is facing some backlash. She is the latest contender being accused of cultural appropriation for her “Kimono Intimates” lingerie line. It is still in the early stages, but people began criticizing the star on social media after the news broke out. Cultural appropriation is the idea of borrowing things from a “minority culture” that isn’t part of their own culture.

The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment that had a significant impact in the growth of Japan’s textile and fashion industries, according to Elite Daily. Kimonos signified wealth and status in Japan because they were traditionally made from expensive hand-painted silk, and carry historical and cultural significance. But, Kim won’t be the first to market the kimono into the fashion industry. It has already been done before in many retail stores like Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Anthropologie and Boohoo. The kimono has been adopted by mainstream designers as a robe of light material with vibrant colors. Read more about this story on Elite Daily here.

Cultural appropriation has become a complex issue since fashion is often inspired or borrowed from something. More and more people have been accused of cultural appropriation and this isn’t the first time Kim Kardashian has been accused of it herself. Will she go through with the name? 75% of us believe she will still go through with name, while 25% believe she knows better and won’t go through with it.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

More cultural appropriation. Kim K is launching a lingerie line and trademarked ‘Kimono Intimates’ as the name of her line. Will she actually go through with this name?

Zip users in 62 cities and 30 states weighed in on this question.

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