Larsa Pippen recently raised cultural appropriation issues after wearing her hair in braids. But instead of apologizing, she defended her decision.
The reality star was asked about her choice to wear box braids during a Real Housewives of Miami reunion special that aired this week.
“Watching the tease for the season, I noticed you guys were wearing Bahamian braids,” Andy Cohen told Larsa, reading a fan’s question. “Fashion-wise, you can make it happen. But do you think it’s really culturally appropriate? I think you’re going to get a lot of backlash.”
Larsa replied, “I mean, I’m not white. So I don’t know, my mother wore braids… My grandparents are Moroccan. My mom had braids when she was little. I braid my hair every time I go on vacation since I can remember.
Larsa noted that she also has a braider for her children, who are mixed race.
“I have a braider who comes to braid my kids’ hair every 10 days,” she explained. “My son has literally had braids for the past four years.”
Larsa said that if she was going on a trip and didn’t want to worry about her hair, she would also ask the stylist to braid it. “I don’t want to deal with my hair.”
Her teammate Kiki Barth then chimed in to say: “I feel like everyone should do what they want. As long as it looks good on you, I think we should just go with it.
The problem here is that some may view wearing braids as trendy or fashionable, when in fact black people have always worn them – and are often discriminated against for such hairstyles. But okay!! You can watch the reunion, if you like, now on Peacock.