The #KylieJennerChallenge Is One More Example of Cultural Appropriation
There are so many things wrong with the #KylieJennerChallenge. If you haven't been keeping up with the Kardashians, then you might have missed the fact that 17-year-old Kylie's lips have transformed — more like ballooned — over the last year. She claims the metamorphosis is all thanks to a 40-minute lip-liner routine, but now young women are attempting to DIY the look with a more drastic fix.
Teens are applying a shot glass to their lips and sucking out all the air to create a cupping effect. On Instagram the results are tagged #KylieJennerChallenge. The finished looks range from puffy pouts to bleeding sores and bruised chins. As a Black woman, I can't help but roll my eyes at the fact that, just like 2014 was the year of the big-butt trend, now big lips are in. The cultural appropriation continues . . . You see, for centuries women (and men) of colour have been mocked for their voluptuous mouths. Yet, now that Kylie has started a craze — everyone wants something we were born with.