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Kim Kardashian West faces backlash over Kimono shapewear

/ 07:51 PM June 27, 2019
Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kardashian West at “The Cher Show” Broadway musical opening night in New York. Image: Invision/Evan Agostini via AP

Kim Kardashian West has received backlash on social media from people who object to what they say is an appropriation of the traditional Japanese kimono in the name of her upcoming shapewear line.

The reality star, makeup mogul and budding lawyer announced the line, Kimono Solutionwear, last Tuesday, June 25. The line will come in a range of sizes and colors she showed off on Instagram.

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Some Japanese critics on social media said the name, which West trademarked, is an inappropriate take on centuries-old kimono clothing.

There was no word on when the line would go on sale. West said it is “coming soon.” An email request for comment to West’s spokeswoman was not immediately returned last Wednesday, June 26.

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The kimono has evolved to a style of formal dress worn for special occasions, including weddings, funerals and tea ceremonies. HM/JB

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