Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been accused of cultural appropriation once again.
However, this time Kendall and Kylie were accused of appropriating Mexican-American style.
In a since deleted Instagram post from the account of their Kendall + Kylie clothing line, a woman could be seen modelling black slacks, oversized hoop earrings, and an oversized plaid button-down shirt with the top two buttons fastened over a lace bustier.
— 🇲🇽Chica Picante🌶 (@lipstickittty) August 26, 2017
People were quick to condemn Kendall and Kylie for causing offence to latina women who embrace “chola” culture and style, which is the term used to describe Mexican-Amercian women on the West Coast.
According to The Guardian, chola style is traditionally described as “a specific subculture of first- and second-generation Mexican American girls influenced by hip-hop, enamored with lowrider cars, and sometimes associated with gangs.”
Twitter user Ashley Sherango was particularly riled by the image, and her tweet has since gone viral.
Can’t believe this girl is telling me that we (Latinas) should be FLATTERED about the whole Kylie and Kendal situation pic.twitter.com/VS6GUIXwid
— 🇲🇽Chica Picante🌶 (@lipstickittty) August 29, 2017
“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,” she told Refinery29. “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,” she added.
The post has since been deleted, but the $145 black and white top is still for sale on Kendall and Kylie’s website.
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