Kim Kardashian Responds to Backlash Over Aaliyah Halloween Costume: 'We Don't See Color in My Home'
"We were paying homage to people and artists we love and respect -- it's that simple!"
Kim Kardashian West took inspiration from music icons -- including Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and Cher -- for her batch of Halloween costumes this year. But she was called out by fans on Twitter for dressing as late R&B star Aaliyah over the weekend.
Kardashian dressed in a replica of the singer’s crystal-encrusted bra and leather pants from the “Try Again” music video. She posted a video of herself posing in the outfit on Twitter, which tipped social media users off to the controversial look.
Fans took issue with Kardashian dressing as a black woman, which set off debates about blackface on the social media platform. One Twitter user wrote, “Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok...”
Baby Girl Aaliyah pic.twitter.com/5GUHkNJgNi— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2017
Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok... --— Blogger Cassie (@LAGrlCrookdSmle) October 29, 2017
Kardashian responded to the backlash in a statement on her website behind a paywall.
“Aaliyah was such an amazing singer and she will forever be a music legend. I saw online that some people thought my costume was in poor taste and I am truly sorry if that offended anyone,” the star said. “When I was creating the costume, I wasn’t dressing up as a race or culture but rather as a woman whom I will always admire. I play every kind of genre of music in my home and I like for my kids to be exposed to many different artists.”
The reality TV star then touched on how her sister Kourtney dressed as legendary black artist Michael Jackson.
“We don’t see color in my home,” she said. “We were paying homage to people and artists we love and respect— it’s that simple!”