Kim Kardashian responds to allegations of ‘blackface’ in her contour kit promo

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Kim Kardashian faced backlash for a photo promoting her new beauty line’s contour kit.
  • Twitter users pointed out that her skin appeared much darker than usual.
  • Some users accused her of blackface.
  • The reality TV star responded to allegations in an interview with the New York Times.
  • “I would obviously never want to offend anyone,” she said. “Definitely I have learned from it.”

Kim Kardashian faced some intense backlash from Twitter users last week, over the promo for her new beauty line KKW’s Creme Contour & Highlight Kit.

Many users pointed out that the reality TV star’s skin appears much darker than her usual contoured glow, and some even accused her of blackface.

Kim addressed the allegations in an interview with the New York Times on June 19, saying she “obviously never want[s] to offend anyone.”

Here’s the photo that caused the controversy:

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Here’s Kim’s full response to the New York Times:

“I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.

“Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it.” 

While the reality star didn’t issue an outright apology for the photo, she attributed the darker appearance of her skin to being “really tan” as well as the contrast of the image.

Following the accusations, Kim posted a series of other photos promoting the launch of KKW in the lead-up to its June 21 debut on Instagram. In these photos, she appears to be closer to her natural skin tone.

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Kim has been accused of cultural appropriation a number of times before — and it hasn’t hampered her success — but she hasn’t always addressed the criticism she has faced.

Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction.

SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian is under fire after being accused of ‘blackface’ in her new contour kit promo

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