Kim Kardashian West has issued an apology to fans who were offended by the Aaliyah costume she wore for Halloween 2017. In addition to dressing up as music legends Cher, Madonna, and Selena Quintanilla this year, West dressed as the "Try Again" singer, who died suddenly in 2001. While some found it distasteful that West would dress up as a Black icon, others were simply irked West would hijack the likeness of a beloved musician who passed before her time.
"When I was deciding what I wanted to be for Halloween this year, I had a lot of ideas that I narrowed down to musical icons and my second costume was Aaliyah," West wrote on her website. "Aaliyah was such an amazing singer and she will forever be a music legend. I saw online that some people thought my costume was in poor taste and I am truly sorry if that offended anyone."
"When I was creating the costume, I wasn’t dressing up as a race or culture but rather as a woman whom I will always admire," West continued. "I play every kind of genre of music in my home and I like for my kids to be exposed to many different artists."
"For me, it’s always about love and respect," she said. "I loved that Kourtney was Michael Jackson for one of her costumes, and that my son was Axl Rose. We don’t see color in my home. We were paying homage to people and artists we love and respect — it’s that simple!"
In her blog post, West pointed out that sister Kourtney Kardashian had dressed up as Michael Jackson, while West's own son, Saint, had dressed as Guns N’ Roses' Axl Rose.
The costume also sparked a debate on West's Armenian ethnicity, and if the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star qualified as a person of color.
Others came to West's defense.