Kim Kardashian West has denied allegations of cultural appropriation after naming a new item of clothing Kimono.

The 38-year-old reality TV star was criticised for her new shapewear collection featuring a piece called Kimono, a play on her name but also the name of a traditional Japanese garment.

Many commentators said that associating kimonos with underwear was disrespectful and constituted cultural appropriation.

In a statement to the New York Times, Kardashian West said she wanted the name of her shapewear to "nod to the beauty and detail" that goes into a kimono.

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She added: "I understand and have deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture.

"My solutionwear brand is built with inclusivity and diversity at its core and I'm incredibly proud of what's to come."

Kardashian West said she had no plans to change the name of the garment.