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No ‘The Internet’ Isn’t Really Mad at Kim Kardashian-West for Dressing As Aaliyah


I just read that a few people on the internet are upset that Kim Kardashian-West dressed for Halloween as late 90s R&B pop singer Aaliyah in her “Try Again” music video. The two prevailing criticism are: Kim is culturally appropriating because Aaliyah was African American and others say she shouldn’t impersonate a dead person; and Kim shouldn’t impersonate a recently deceased pop icon.

I ball BS on both!

First, Halloween is all about dressing up and wearing costumes. I think by now, most people know not to wear a culture as a costume or risk offending members from said culture. In my book, this prohibition applies to anyone dressing from anyone from the following cultural heritage while not having said heritage him/herself: Native Americans, Aboriginal and Indigenous people from other parts of the world other than America, Mexicans, Africans, and Asians.

It is obvious that anyone and everyone from any race all over the world are free to dress as anyone form European ancestry with expectation of offending many people.  Ergo Scottish bagpipers, German Beer Maids, Irish Farmers, French Maids or French Mimes are okay.

It seems hypocritical, yes, but I think the reason it isn’t the same is because people and leaders from these regions of the world, Europe and Australia,  have managed to travel far and wide proclaiming dominion over others and spreading their culture, beauty ideals, religions and traditions globally via Imperialism and Colonialism. And they’ve done so so thoroughly that the effects are long lasting and engrained that they sort of already belong to all of us.

It may not make sense but that’s just the way it is.

My daughter, who is black like me, dressed as Joan of Arc, a white French woman, for Halloween and I doubt anyone will be accusing her of cultural appropriation.

Now back to Kim.  The Keeping Up with The Kardahsians star and KKW Beauty purveyor  did not paint her skin or wear make up to appear darker which a lot of foolish people who actually were guilty of cultural appropriation have done in the past not realizing or perhaps aloof to the historical significance of White people painting their skin of someone from another race.

Kim wore her own skin and we have long applauded those who have dressed as people from other races through clothing while skipping the skin-darkening or yellowing, in terms of Asian-themed costumes.

Second, re: that criticism hat she was impersonating someone who has passed away. Um…every year, there are thousands of people who go as dead folks like Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe (which she did dress as while her sister Kourtney Kardashian dressed as a very dead Sonny Bono), Prince, Michael Jackson.

Someone else said well the dead person is more recently dead. Last time I checked, Prince and Michael Jackson died after Aaliyah.

Finally, I think it’s not really a big deal among most people on the internet— just a few opinionated people whose tweets got picked up by national news organizations and couched into an article.

This is SJW (social justice warriorism) at its best.  Faux outrage like this one dilutes instances of true cultural appropriation.

Also, I think a few tweets by some angry folks which are the minority of online opinions doesn’t equal “the Internet”. I  have seen so many articles declaring why the Internet is mad at Kim. Puhlease.

It really is not that deep but it does may a great headline and clickable piece so, I dig it. (ha!)

Buffalo Bills’ Reggie Bush and Wife Expecting Third Child

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Congratulation to Buffalo Bills running back Reggie Bush on expecting a third child with wife Lilit Avagyan. Bush famously dated Kim Kardashian for an extended period of time before marrying a woman some say is a dead ringer for Kim.
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Avagyan shared the happy news of the impending birth on her private page which was picked up by some gossip blogs and sites, that added salacious news on top of hers.

The announcement comes around the same time a woman claiming to be Bush’s mistress allegedly gave birth to his child but was cut off from “hush money” once she went public with the alleged news, BET.com reports.

 The couple are parents to daughter Brisels, 3, and son Uriah, 1.”They both always wanted a big family,” a source told E! News in 2015.

A source told E! News exclusively that Lilit, 29, is in her second trimester and that the two are looking forward having another baby together. She was photographed with a slight bump while exercising recently.

This Reality TV show alum turned Lifestyle Mogul is the Latest Expecting Laguna Beach Alum

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Lauren Conrad is the latest of alums from the MTV reality TV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills to have announce a pregnancy.

The author, blogger and lifestyle maven shared the news on Instagram that she and her husband William Tell are expecting their first child together.

“Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet…” she captioned a photo of her sonogram and of course, it was quite dreamy and perfect and quite on brand with her Instagram page with 5.5M followers.

 

Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet…

A photo posted by Lauren Conrad (@laurenconrad) on

Audrina Patridge welcomed her first child, daughter, Kirra Max, early in 2016 and Kristin Cavallari is well ahead of all of them, having given birth to her third child, daughter Saylor James in 2015.  She gave birth to her first child, son Camden, in August 2012 and second, Jaxon in May 2014;

Laguna Beach alum Alex Murrel gave birth to a son last July with her spouse and a month later another alum of that show about “the Real Orange County”,  named after the hit show The OC ‘s fictionalized portrayal of the posh coastal region, gave birth. Casey Reindhardt and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter they named Kensington. Christina Schuller (nee Sinclair) welcomed her first child, son Christian Sutton, in 2014. This past September 2016,  Morgan Smith (nee Olson) welcomed her second child with her husband,  daughter, after giving birth to son Theo in 2014.

One interesting thing I noted of all these births is that they all (minus Cavallari’s first) were with their husbands, not fiances or boyfriends. Says something about how they stick to tradition.

I’ve always admired Conrad for being one of the few people to successfully parlay a reality TV show beginning into a mini empire.

She  has written a successful series of young-adult novels and oversees her successful fashion line she co-founded Paper Crown and her popular Kohl’s line, LC by Lauren Conrad.

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums who have done the same include Kim Kardashian West, the ultimate media and lifestyle mogul. Tamar Braxton Herbert and Evelyn Lozada have successfully leveraged their fame from reality TV to lucrative subsequent gigs, careers and other ventures. They’re not limited to marketing their online social media presence via sponsored posts or by selling digital products either, a lot of reality TV alums are doing well selling products and partnering with brick and mortar realtors! Good stuff!

Election Tuesday: Hillary Clinton and Celebs Pantsuit Fashion

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This Election Tuesday, US Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is responsible for a new fashion trend among her supporters: the Pant Suit. The former First Lady is known for wearing color coordinated monochromatic suits.

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They have become an item which has become synonymous with her brand so much so that Beyonce  and her backup dancers wore pantsuits during a political rally this weekend in Philadelphia.

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Also, a recently created secret Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation has quickly garnered over 1.6M members. They have been posting photos of themselves in pantsuits as they head to the polls today.

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There is a store called Hillary in Kosovo in Easter European former Yugoslavian nation that sells suits which Hillary Clinton herself once visited in 2012.

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We couldn’t help but use the opportunity to point out all the times in the recent past when some of the celeb moms we’ve “bumpwatched” in the past  such as Christina Milian, Jessica Alba and Garcelle Beauvais rocked fabulous pantsuits.

Beyonce and her sister Solange, both in hot pink Gucci suits within months of one another. Nicole Kidman looked fierce in a Valentino suit with a caped suit top one year. Jessica Biel wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit matching one worn by her husband Justin Timberlake at his Runner Runner premiere in Las Vegas.

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Rachel Zoe looked tres stylish in a royal blue satin-trimmed tuxedo suit from her own label to the Giambattista Valli show in Paris in recent years.

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Finally, Kim Kardashian did an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman a Saint Laurent black-and-white tuxedo with peep-toe checkered shoes by Givenchy.

Try to Keep Up: Baby Shower Drama at the Kardashian/Jenner Household

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There is drama once again among the Kardashian/Jenner clan. This time, Rob Kardashian‘s sisters decided to plan a shower celebrating his impending fatherhood but did not invite the mother of his child Blac Chyna (real name Angela White).

He retaliated to the slight by tweeting out the telephone number of his half sister Kylie Jenner. She responded to the tweet privately by changing her telephone number.

But he made sure to let everyone know that he did it on purpose and not accident.

“I ain’t hacked either this is rob dog lol.” he later shared, explaining the reasoning in a subsequent tweet. “Didn’t invite the Mother of my child to a baby shower you all were trying to throw for me? You all must have lost your damn minds?”

Blac Chyna‘s friends had already been planning a shower for her but the second shower was a “DILF” theme one to celebrate Rob only. And when Rob couldn’t make it, Chyna offered to go instead, but the sisters were having none of that.

“Rob couldn’t attend, so Chyna was going to attend and Kim [Kardashian] said if Rob didn’t go, then Chyna couldn’t go. It sounds like that’s what caused the argument,” E! reported.This is not the first or last piece of drama to come out of this family. Chyna’s ex-fiance, Tyga,  left her for Rob’s then underaged sister Kylie. Thereafter, the family essentially stopped associating themselves with  Chyna who previously was really tight with Kim and even attended North’s first baby party with her son with Tyga, King, after the couple’s split.

The sisters (and their fans and many others) believed Chyna hooked up with Rob out of retaliation but later recanted, recognizing that Rob was happy and was getting healther after being with her.  The baby and engagement news blindsided them because it was announced on Twitter before the family even knew.

The union of Chyna and Rob really irritated the family as seen in episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the Chyna and Rob’s tumultuous relationship has been playing out before viewers eyes on their reality TV show Rob & Chyna on E!

These folks are ratings GOLD for this network for sure.

photo: Getty

How Kim Kardashian Dropped 70lbs After Delivering Her Son, Saint

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I was checking out my snapchat and saw a media outlet share Kim Kardashian‘s secret to dropping 70 pounds. It wasn’t surgery but diet and exercise.

She later shared those same tips with PEOPLE more recently. Essentially, the reality TV star did it through adopting the Atkins40 diet which requires consuming a balanced diet of about 1,800 calories a day and limiting carbs.

“I think dieting is so important to weight loss, whereas, I didn’t really ever think that before,” the business mogul said. “I thought, ‘Oh, I can work out, I can just eat whatever I want.’ But you have to work out all the time.”

It worked.

“[I] eat a lot of fish and turkey,” Kim said about her new diet. “It’s a full modified thing. I worked with [Atkins] in them sending me their snack stuff. And there would be this trail mix with M&M chocolates with peanuts, so there was stuff that makes it [so] you feel like you can live. And [you’re] not like super restricted to anything.”

She did lapse a bit after losing the initial 55 pounds.

“I started going to Disneyland and taking my kids and eating Churros and all that really crappy stuff that I love, but then you feel so s—– after you eat it, when you’ve been doing so good,” she opened up.

She said she hits the gym at 6am before her children get up and has been inspired by baby sister Khloe.

“[Khloe] does these workouts with these sauna suits underneath,” Kim revealed. “And she’s just…I’ve never seen someone so focused. I saw her naked two days ago changing and I was [like], ‘Oh, my God. You are my body icon.’ She’s never been more on fire.”

Tune into Keeping Up With The Kardashians tonight on E to see all the BYS at @fergie Milf $ video!

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

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Blac Chyna Starts Filming Reality TV Show Rob & Chyna

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Current second-time mom-to-be and past Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Blac Chyna (real name Angela Renee White) has started filming for her upcoming reality TV show about her birth and eventual marriage to fiance Rob Kardashian.

Rob teased his fans and followers on Instagram recently with a photo of the two giving a confessional behind a green screen as is typical for other reality TV shows.

They were also spotted out and about filming scenes for upcoming episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. On Friday, Chyna was spotted filming a segment of their upcoming six-part series at Spilled Ink Tattoo in Encino, California.

He explained to his sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian. He explained why he proposed to Chyna without letting his sisters know in advance. They found out about it via social media.

In this scene below, after apologizing for leaving them out of the loop, he drops the bombshell that Chyna is preggers.

In any event, it looks like all is forgiven if we are to judge by recent photos the family has shared in social media.

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No, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ Marriage was not the Shortest; Who Was married 9 Days?

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Believe it or not Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries was not the shortest celebrity marriage. One couple was infamously married for just 9 days! Yikes! Well, marriage is tough, generally, but as can be imagined, celebrities have added layer of… eh hem, “issues” that make it even more difficult for their marriages to last. And separation, annulments and divorce are great if there are clear signs that a relationship cannot endure. Short of counseling, an amicable end may be best.

Here is a quick rundown of the quickest marriages. I didn’t put these together, so don’t hold me to the language in some of them. I don’t approve of calling people names.

Check out That Was Quick! The Shortest Celebrity Marriages

by Anna Wahrman at Mode

 

Chrissy Teigen outfits Baby Luna in Kardashian Kids…Check out the Kollection

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Chrissy Teigen outfitted her daughter Luna in a Kardashian Kids Kollection romper that her bestie Kim Kardashian gifted to her.  The Ruffle Bodysuit is reasonably priced at just $22.99. It is machine washable, 95% cotton, and snaps between the legs.  Very cute.

Teigen snapped her and John Legend’s first child with a puppy dog filter. When we looked through the collection, we thought they looked like miniature Kanye and North Wests especially these pieces:

 

Alicia Keys Hops on the Celebrity #NoMakeUp Train; Looks Stunning Doing It

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This week, Alicia Keys launched a mini self-empowerment movement to go makeup free. She wrote an essay on Lenny Letter sharing her journey.

“Women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect,” she wrote. “One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

“Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”

Her husband Swizz Beatz joined in the effort and Instagrammed a now widely circulated photo of his wife who looks absolutely stunning without makeup.

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She isn’t the first celebrity to embrace #Nomakeup and shared a selfie on social media to expose their true and real selves sans make up. Cameron Diaz did recently while promoting her new book. Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid and Cindy Crawford have braved the makeupless route. And as in the photo collage above, Kim Kardashian, Gwynth Paltrow, Tyra Banks and Jennifer Lopez too have gone makeup free in social media.

Michelle Klug curated a few more:

Check out Celebs Who Really Went Makeup-Free for Selfies

by Michelle Klug at Mode

photos: Lenny Letter/Instagram