As usual, North West served up a major look this week, but this one has the Internet completely divided. The controversy stems from the sporty ensemble North wore on Thursday, the day before her fifth birthday. During an outing to Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City, alongside a friend, her mom Kim Kardashian West, and Jonathan Cheban, North wore a hot pink Adidas windbreaker and matching shorts, white Yeezy sneakers, a candy choker necklace, a unicorn purse, and her long hair straightened and slicked back into a high ponytail with a single braid down her middle part, Elle U.K. reports.
As the pictures made their way across the Internet on Thursday, many people took issue with North’s pin-straight hair, criticizing Kardashian West, a white woman, for straightening her half-black daughter’s natural curls. They expressed their disapproval on Twitter, where one wrote, “Y’all…. Kim really straightened out her baby’s hair. That’s sad, what is she like 6? Leave her natural hair alone.”
Y'all…. Kim really straightened out her baby's hair. That's sad, what is she like 6? Leave her natural hair alone
— Hailey Bradford (@HaileyMBradford) June 15, 2018
I hate that Kim straightened North hair so soon
— Rae Williams (@Rae_Ban_) June 15, 2018
People going on about how “fucking gorgeous” North West is now that her hair has been straightened. pic.twitter.com/jOOAnW7Mxz
— Rosella Chibambo (@Chibambo) June 15, 2018
Others, however, came to Kardashian West’s defense. While some suggested that North herself — a budding style icon who has been known to design her own clothes and do her famous family members’ makeup — may have requested the hairstyle as a birthday style switch-up, others maintained that the haters have no right to criticize Kardashian West (or any other parent for that matter) for how she raises her children. Still, others pointed out that North is far from the only child to ever have her curls straightened and assured worried onlookers that her curl pattern will likely be fine.
People be wildin' because North has straight hair damn she ain't your child so stfu https://t.co/V0Zoufs5Pv
— André 4000 (@Thesouthghost) June 15, 2018
y'all are so damn annoying. so what north's hair is straightened? just because it's straightened doesn't mean it's destined to be damaged. kim got all the damn money in the world to buy all the damn products in the world. go somewhere.
— briyanna jones (@briyannamjones) June 15, 2018
some of y’all act like people with naturally curly hair have never straightened their hair a day in their life… LEAVE MS. NORTH ALONE
— rae rae (@ravenjanaya) June 15, 2018
girl, it’s hair. hair grows back. just because it’s straightened doesn’t mean it’s destined to get damaged. your sister & north are two different people. but y do you care? is north your child? is that YOUR hair? pic.twitter.com/wjKvts0Dtf
— eva. (@iLoveOnikaa_) June 15, 2018
people are upset in the replies cause North’s hair is straight as if little black girls never have their hair straightened when they’re younger https://t.co/fFnGFf2Ggt
— hi its fucking mickey (@wavvlh) June 15, 2018
Now she not allowed to straighten her own daughters hair… I’m sure North asked for her hair to be straightened so she got it done. Shutup you’re reaching. Mad at her for what. Live your own life.
— swhite (@swhiteeeeee) June 14, 2018
For her part, Kardashian West has previously expressed her desire to help North embrace her natural texture. In a 2016 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the mom of three took braiding lessons so she could learn how to style and take better care of North’s hair.
For the September 2017 issue of Interview magazine, in which she appeared alongside North in a Jackie O–inspired shoot, Kardashian West spoke about how “important” it was to her that North had people around her with natural hair and learned to love her texture. “She’s obsessed with her curly hair, and if she finds someone who has the same hair, she runs to them and is like, ‘You have curly hair like me?’ And we get to talk about it. We also talk about it with my niece Penelope, because she and North look really different, but they’re best friends and they’re together all the time.”
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