Kim Kardashian has divided opinion by dressing up as late singer Aaliyah for Halloween.
Baby Girl Aaliyah pic.twitter.com/5GUHkNJgNi
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2017
The reality TV star went all out for this year’s spooky holiday and dressed up as musical icons Madonna, Cher, and Aaliyah for costume parties held over the weekend (28-29Oct17).
But many took offense to Kim paying homage to Aaliyah, who died in 2001 aged 22 in a plane crash, and labeled her costume racist.
Kim, 37, was dressed in black leather trousers, a rhinestone-encrusted bikini-style top, with a matching choker and belt. She also wore heavy eye make-up, with the whole look reminiscent of Aaliyah’s Try Again video.
“Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok…,” one Twitter user posted, while another slammed: “It’s offensive because babygirl is DEAD & you can’t pay hommage when you’re an Armenian just using her look as a costume. That’s the issue (sic).”
However, not everyone agreed with the sentiments, with lots of social media users pointing out Kim didn’t try and alter the color of her skin for the costume.
“What’s the issue with Kim Kardashian dressing up as Aaliyah? IT’S HALLOWEEN Y’all acting as if she did black face,” one shot back at haters.
“Kimberly Kardashian West looks great dressed as Aaliyah. THAT is how you pay respect without doing Blackface. Great job @KimKardashian!” another stated.
And some users even highlighted the hypocrisy of the situation.
“Kim Kardashian dresses as Madonna. Not one word. She dresses as Aaliyah and she’s racist,” another fan commented.
Over the weekend, Kim’s older sister Kourtney, 38, also decided to pay tribute to a black artist, and dressed up as the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, while she partied with Kim in her Madonna costume. Again, the outfit triggered debate online, though the siblings looked in their element channeling the 1991 Oscars, when Madonna took Michael as her date to the glitzy ceremony.
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