Larsa Pippen Defends Her Braids After Being Asked If They’re ‘Culturally Appropriate’

Larsa Pippen has defended her braids after being asked if they're 'culturally appropriate'. 
Credit: @larsapippen/Instagram & Peacock

Larsa Pippen has defended her braids after being asked if they’re ‘culturally appropriate’. 

Pippen, 48, is an American TV personality and socialite who previously made headlines after a fallout with Kanye West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.

She is also one of the original cast members of Bravo’s reality series The Real Housewives of Miami, appearing in its premiere back in 2011 – which she then rejoined in 2021.

While Pippen is used to being in the spotlight, she’s now raised some eyebrows.

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During a trip to the Bahamas, the 48-year-old wore her hair in braids and it’s left some people questioning whether she is ‘culturally appropriating’.

The issue was even brought up on The Real Housewives of Miami season five reunion show, with host Andy Cohen reading a question from the fan.

They asked: “Watching the tease for the season, I noticed you were sporting braids in the Bahamas.

“Fashionwise, you can pull it off. But do you think it’s really culturally appropriate? I think you’re going to get a lot of backlash.”

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The reality star made it clear that she didn’t agree with the fan at all and she insisted that she’s not ‘culturally apppropriating’.

“I mean, I’m not white,” said Pippen, whose dad is from Syria and mum is from Lebanon.

“So I don’t know – my mom used to wear braids.”

She then adds that she has a braider who comes to her house and does her children’s hair.

Larsa Pippen
Larsa Pippen has defended her braids after being asked if they’re ‘culturally appropriate’. Credit: @larsapippen/Instagram

Pippens explains: “I have a braider who comes and braids my kids’ hair every 10 days. My son’s had braids literally for the last four years.

“I’m going on a trip, I don’t want to have to deal with my hair, I’ll have her braid my hair.”

She continues: “My grandparents are Moroccan. My mom had braids when she was a kid. I’ve been braiding my hair every time I’ve gone on vacation since I can remember.

“My honeymoon pictures, my hair was braided. When I was 18 years old, my hair was braided.

“I’ve always worn braids when I travel.”

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Pippen’s castmate, Kiki Barth, then chimes in, adding: “I feel like anybody should rock whatever they want to.

“As long as it looks good on you, I think we should just embrace it.”

Elsewhere in the reunion show, Pippen shuts down the rumours about having had a Brazillian butt lift.

The reality star reveals that she’s only had her nose and lips done, commenting: “I’ve had my nose done. I’ve had my lips done. And that’s basically it.”

She goes on to say that her shapely behind is the result of her own hard work.

Discussing her gruelling schedule, Pippen says: “I literally work out seven days a week.”

The Real Housewives of Miami season five reunion show is now available to watch on Peacock

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.