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Friday, April 24, 2015

To One of Time Magazine's "25 Most Influential Teens of 2014"


I'm actually not excited to write this because you're getting more attention than you deserve, but the moment I break my silence is the moment you know something's f*cked up.

We've all heard about the absolutely ridiculous #KylieJennerChallenge, where naive teens and adults alike stuck their lips in a shot glass to get Kylie Jenner lips blah blah blah. Here's the issue, Kylie. You "address" the issue surrounding the challenge on Twitter, saying:

“I’m not here to encourage people/young girls to look like me or think this is the way they should look. I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF not be afraid to experiment w your look.”
You're not here to encourage people/young girls to look like you?! You have 21.5 million followers on Instagram...and you don't expect young girls to look like you? 

Uh, Kylie, don't you remember that you and your sister were included in Time Magazine's Top 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 list and you have the AUDACITY to sit back, sip your tea with you undeniably surgically enhanced lips, and say that teens around this nation shouldn't think that your altered look is the way they should look?

This coming from the same teenager who didn't feel comfortable looking like the (basic) white, cis, heterosexual, wealthy, and privileged teenager she is...
...and now chooses to feud with baby momma's and reformed (and still banging!) former strippers, engage in an illegal (and just gross) relationship with a rapper, wears grills, sells weaves, and darken your skin for photo shoots. BYE FELICIA!
It's more than cultural appropriation. Azealia Banks best put it, it's more like cultural smudging. Black women for centuries were hypersexualized, had their bodies treated like circus exhibits, our natural features considered "ugly" by Eurocentric beauty standards, our curves often imitated, "big butts" is considered a beauty trend, and how one New York Times TV critic called Viola Davis, "less classically beautiful". But when a White girl gets fuller lips, a curvier figure, a larger butt, she's considered trendsetting, stylish, she "breaks the internet".
Kylie, do some homework. You're not even a legal adult. Of course other teens your age are going to look up to you and the only reason you're in the spotlight is to do exactly that! I get playing around with your look and changing up style is one thing, but what are you saying to other 17-year-old girls who want to look cool? Who want to be trendy? Who want to live a lavish lifestyle? Who want to be Instagram famous?

You gave an answer the day you changed your lips.


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