The article compared Kylie's style to that of iconic Latinas in the media, including the late Selina Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez, and Kylie's own friend Selena Gomez.replaced the article after the ensuing controversy, the website wanted to show what a strong influence the Latina community had on celebrity culture, not imply that Kylie actually was Latina.
Still, readers on Twitter were upset with the piece, as they believed it implied that Kylie, a white woman, was "better" at representing Latina culture than actual Latinas.
just saw an article calling Kylie Jenner a "mix of our favorite Latina celebs"... I'm disgusted. Stop with the appropriation, please— sky (@christymaccc) December 14, 2015
Kylie jenner gets to be black and latina with white privileges. That's cool— Arianna (@jenalvarado44) December 15, 2015
Kylie didn't ask for this comparison, of course, but the fact that she is being praised for "borrowing" elements of Latina culture speaks to a larger conversation about cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is essentially the idea that someone of privilege can pick and choose elements of a culture that they like, without dealing with the issues of that community. Because Kylie is white, she has inherent privilege that Latina women do not.
i try to not comment on kylie jenner but a. She is not a latina b. There are millions of gorgeous latinas out there for you to call her one— flashito (@greenweII) December 15, 2015
It's not the first time that people have used the term in regard to Kylie: even Kylie's famous full lips, achieved by injections, have been criticized as an appropriation of black culture. Whether Kylie was influenced by black celebrities or not, the fact is that people are fascinated with Kylie's full lips but not the full lips of the women of color who are born with them.
Whatever the intention behind the PopSugar Latina article, ultimately the piece opened up a much larger discussion - one we should keep talking about.