Whenever Kylie Jenner reveals a new product, the world pretty much collectively loses its mind over it (see: Kylie Jenner lip kits, et. al.) So when Kylie Jenner's camo bikinis dropped on Thursday morning, things were no different. But many fans and critics alike have pointed out something pretty important and thought-provoking about her latest merch: Some are calling Kylie Jenner's camo swimsuits cultural appropriation, because she didn't exactly start the trend. Destiny's Child did it way back when, wearing camo tops and bottoms in their "Survivor" music video in 2003. (Let's just take a quick moment of appreciation for "Survivor" while we're here.)
As Teen Vogue points out, Perez Hilton sort of got the ball rolling with a tweet saying that Jenner was trying to make camo swimsuits a thing. To which the internet said, these already were a thing, and Jenner isn't starting a trend here — she's repurposing one, according to many. This isn't Jenner's first brush with cultural appropriation either. She's been taken to task over her cornrows, wigs, and dreadlocks before. And with the camo collection overall, she's also been accused of ripping off street style designers.
In any case, many have an issue with Jenner's latest venture being labeled as a trend simply because she's given it a white stamp of approval. This is one of the issues at the very heart of cultural appropriation, so no matter what you think about this incident in particular, it is a good opportunity to step back and consider why this could be problematic.
Naturally, Twitter users have some things to share. Like this original clapback at Perez.
Destiny Child's didn't wear camo bikinis 16 years ago in Survivor video for you to say Kylie is the one to start the trend. Respect yourself https://t.co/bo8H6xZGZV— c (@chuuzus) June 7, 2017
Another echoed that sentiment.
DC3 did not dance around a deserted island in camo bikinis in survivor for you to say Kylie started a trend... not today sir.. not ANY day!— Teyoncé (@_teyonceknowles) June 8, 2017
Seriously, not today, another wrote.
Kylie Jenner has never made anything a "thing" prior to it being a thing worn by a Black Woman first. Let's not do this today— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) June 8, 2017
While some are drawing comparisons to to Destiny's Child, others are pointing out extreme similarities to street style designers.
Some people went the sarcastic route.
so Kylie Jenner is dropping a colorful camo collection..... she is so original. How does she do it?— Court Kim (@TheCourtKim) June 7, 2017
And others are just jealous.
wish I had kylie jenner's ability to invent already invented things :((( https://t.co/PGoen72o4j— stargirl (@kinziejasmine) June 8, 2017
What's next, some ask?
If Kylie Jenner put a bandaid on her face the press would act like Nelly Never existed!🙄— Nacho Picasso (@NachoPicasso) June 8, 2017
Some expressed their opinions in GIFs.
Kylie Jenner when she sees someone else's idea pic.twitter.com/i2SColFp10— Sir Marius (@bossmarius) June 8, 2017
And the rest? Just straight-up feelings.
Kylie Jenner needs to stop being credited for trends that were obviously a thing before her because it makes me UPSET— kaelialynn (@kaelialynn) June 8, 2017
To see the collection for yourself, head over to The Kylie Shop.