Can you believe it’s been five years since Twitter freaked out over the name North West?
Yes, that’s right, the coolest mini style icon since Suri Cruise has just turned five. But this fashionista-in-training isn’t just serving up fresh new styles, she’s also the centre of some serious Kardashian kontroversy surrounding her latest look.
Seen stepping out the day before her fifth birthday with mum Kim Kardashian to visit Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York, North beamed in a hot pink Adidas windbreaker and matching shorts, white Yeezys, a unicorn bag and every 5-year-old’s favourite accessory, a candy necklace. But fans were quick to notice that something about the look was seriously different - the birthday girl’s signature curls had been straightened.
Her Hair styled in a tight, sky-high-ponytail with a single braid down the centre part, North looked as proud as punch with her birthday hairstyle, but not everyone is in love with this new look. As photos have circulated the internet, many argue that Kim Kardashian has taken her daughter’s fashion-conscious look too far by straightening her natural curls.
Concerned about the message that Kim’s decision to straighten North’s hair sends out to her daughter, fans are worried that this could seriously affect North’s self-esteem and even lead to long-term negative self-image issues.
Taking to Twitter to slam the beauty mogul, many argue that Kim should be encouraging North to embrace her natural curls, not alter them with heat styling or extensions. Others argue that at just 5-years-old, North is too young to be making such major alterations to her hair and that she should be allowed to just be a kid, without so much attention being put on her hair.
But not everyone thinks that Kim was wrong to break out the straighteners. Fans of North’s new look think that she looks great and that having her hair straightened for her birthday is harmless fun. A little girl who seems to love getting dressed up and trying out new looks, fans of North’s Ariana Grande style ponytail argue that if the birthday girl wants to have fun with a new hair-do, then Kim shouldn’t have to defend her decision to straighten her daughter’s hair.
Until now Kim has always embraced North’s natural hair, ‘North is so proud of her curly hair’, the reality TV superstar revealed in an episode of KUWTK. Kim has even enlisted the help of Kim Kimble, owner of West Hollywood salon Kimble Hair Studio, to give her a masterclass on how to style North’s natural hair, then sharing photos of her gorgeous braids on Instagram.
What do you think of Kim’s decision to straighten her daughter’s hair? Harmless fun or harmful body alteration?