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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’ Model ‘Puzzled’ by Barrage of Criticism Over Her Blackness

Carter Kim’s casting director friend thought she’d be perfect for the “Humble” music video. (Aftermath/Interscope/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Many fans cheered when Kendrick Lamar praised the stretch-marked booty in his “Humble” music video, but the natural-haired woman it belonged to wasn’t as welcome.

Carter Kim, who is of Korean, Black and French heritage, faced a barrage of criticism over not appearing to be Black due to her loosely curled tresses.

Some took issue with the showcase of non-Afro hair.

Others accused the model of donning a Brazilian curly sew-in or wig, which Kim called attention to on Instagram by thanking supporters who defended her.

“I guess I ain’t Black enough for you,” Kim said of negative commenters.

“I used to get teased for my hair and told my hair is fake,” Kim told Elle magazine. “I’m a little puzzled because a lot of it comes from African-American women. I’m just like, ‘Why wouldn’t you empower another African-American woman who’s just trying to pave the way for her career and also just represent us as women in a music video that has now gone viral?’ I would just think they would be happy with that, but everyone finds something.”

Twenty-one-year-old Kim, whose involvement in “Humble” was shrouded in secrecy when she signed on, has grappled with her race being dictated throughout her career as an actress and model.

“I have gotten denied by some agencies and some projects for either being too multicultural or even being ‘too pretty’ for a role,” she said. “I’ve gotten denied for being Black a few times. Surprisingly, that has happened and I have gotten ‘not Black enough.'”

Kim said she’s also “gotten a few different odd responses from Black producers, when they’re like, ‘Are you just Filipino or are you just Asian?’ A lot of people don’t really see that I am Black. It’s been a journey.”

By focusing on exemplars like biracial actress Karrueche Tran, Kim stays centered in her work.

“To watch her still progress and watch others progress without worrying about negative comments is kind of where I get my strength from,” she said.

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