70s Actress Bo Derek Resurfaces To Defend Kim K.’s Braids From Racial Backlash & Many React

Posted On : February 1, 2018

Bo Derek
circa 1979: Actress Bo Derek, star of the comedy film ’10’. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images)

In case y’all haven’t heard by now, Kim Kardashian-West sparked yet another media firestorm after offending many Black people with her new ‘do….much like Ice T’s wife, Coco, did not too long ago. Kardashian is being accused of cultural appropriation for giving the Caucasian 1970’s/80’s actress, Bo Derek, credit for her new hairstyle, instead of giving credit to the proper source- Africans and/or African Americans.

The Post That Started It All

In her Snapchat post, Kim K referred to her braids as “Bo Derek braids.”


That’s when all hell broke lose across social media…



Then Kim K. only added fuel to the fire when she posted what appeared to be a defiant response to the backlash…

Hi, can I get zero fucks please, thanks

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Quite frankly, I didn’t give a damn when I heard about this, because the first question that popped into my mind was, ‘Well, is Mrs. Kardashian-West doing anything new that she wasn’t already doing?’ Since there was no new news there, I didn’t feel it was anything worth wasting your time ILOSM fam.’ But lo and behold, there is something to speak on now…

Bo Derek Defends Kim K.

Celebrities At Derby Day
Bo Derek (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Bo Derek has just resurfaced to defend Kim Kardashian and their right to claim the African inspired hairdo. Why is this newsworthy? Because in the 70’s and 80’s, when Bo Derek “introduced” pop culture to the hairstyle that Africans and African Americans- including 70’s/80’s R&B singer, Patrice Rushen- had already been rockin’ for centuries, there was no social media to shed light on that fact. So now that Bo has spoken out on the matter decades later, I thought it’d be pretty interesting to finally hear her thoughts on this one.

After reading the many comments accusing Kim of cultural appropriation, Bo Derek tweeted in her defense, using a reference to Egyptian African Queen Nefertari, whom she mistakenly referred to as “Queen Nofretari”:

Of course Bo, too, received backlash from many, for diminishing the bigger picture. That is, for centuries, people of color have been robbed of their culture, without receiving their just due. Therefore, the topic of hair may seem extremely minuscule in the mainstream sense, understandably so…but it is a very sensitive topic among many within African American culture.


My advice to any non-African or African-American person having difficulty grasping the sensitivity of this braided hairdo topic: Please do not judge something you may be misinformed of, because the level of insensitivity that could cause, varies from person to person. Rather, simply ask and try to understand the centuries of pain, anger, and injustice of others that such a sensitive topic, like this, is birthed from. The more open, honest discussions we ALL have among races, cultures, etc., the better understanding we’ll have of each other’s plights and/or ignorance.