A few weeks ago The Internet lost its collective shit when Kendrick Lamar released his latest single, “Humble” (Read about it HERE). Most people praised the song, but a lot of women, including yours truly, weren’t so keen on Kendrick’s “ode to the natural women.”
I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop
Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor
Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretchmarks
Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks, ay
I won’t waste your time re-hashing the criticisms lodged against Lamar, but suffice it to say, that for some, the woman chosen to represent “natural beauty,” looked very much the “typical” or idolized Black woman in hollywood.
Also, from what I recall, most of the heat was directed at Kendrick Lamar, not so much the model. Sure she didn’t exactly have hair like Richard Pryor’s afro, and she didn’t look all that different without photoshop, so we were annoyed, but it didn’t really go beyond that. At least not for me.
In an interview with Elle, the model, 21 year-old Carter Kim, opens up about her ethnicity and some of the challenges she’s faced as a multiracial woman both before and after the video’s release:
A lot of people don’t really see that I am black. It’s been a journey…My mom is full Korean, but she’s adopted, so she’s very Americanized now. I am Korean, French, and African American, and that’s what I am aware of. My dad is black and French….I have gotten denied by some agencies and some projects for either being too multicultural or even being ‘too pretty’ for a role. … I’ve gotten denied for being black a few times. Surprisingly, that has happened and I have gotten ‘not black enough.'”
As for the comments she’s received about her hair and complexion:
“That part is extremely frustrating….I used to get teased for my hair and told my hair is fake….I’m a little puzzled because a lot of it comes from African American women. I’m just like, why wouldn’t you empower another African American woman who’s just trying to pave the way for her career and also just represent us as women in a music video that has now gone viral. I would just think they would be happy with that, but everyone finds something…
Her role model in the industry right now is Karrueche Tran:
“I’m sure Karrueche gets [comments] all day that’s she’s not black enough…To watch her still progress and watch others progress without worrying about negative comments is kind of where I get my strength from.
Share Your Thoughts below!
Hey, Boo! My name is Lisa and you’ve stumbled upon my own little corner of the world. I’m a 30 something-year-old writer/mother/wife who happens to love lipstick, high heels, blackness, and the truth. You’ll find a mix of everything on this site, so I won’t bore you by trying to define this space. I hope you stay awhile!