Kylie Jenner Slammed For Posing In Wheelchair For Interview (PHOTOS)
Kylie Jenner is getting slammed for posing in a wheelchair for Interview. See the photos below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Jenner is the cover star for the magazine’s December/January arts issue. She wore a number of risqué outfits for the photo shoot, giving the spread a raunchy S&M feel. But two pictures feature the teen in a gold wheelchair.
No explanation is given, and the photos, which were released Tuesday, are not going over well on social media. “I actually find the pic of Kylie in a wheelchair offensive, but then again I have two aunts born disabled, & two friends who lost the ability to walk,” commented one Twitter user.
A woman who requires a wheelchair sarcastically tweeted, “Oh I see! When I’m in my wheelchair noone can look me in the eye but when Kylie Jenner sits in a wheelchair it’s FASHION. silly me.” A different person similarly wrote, “The disabled community aren’t fighting social stigmas just so kylie jenner can use a wheelchair to look more edgy.” Another drew a comparison between the photos of Jenner and those of another model noting, “I’m sorry, but Hanne Gaby Odiele in (medically necessary) crutches and cast >>> Kylie Jenner in a wheelchair.”
“The idea that Kylie Jenner in a wheelchair is seen as glamorous yet disabled people that use wheelchairs struggle to find modelling work…,” tweeted someone else. A different Twitter user questioned, “Just when Kylie was winning everyone over she had to do a photo shoot in a wheelchair?? Looking like a robot. What the hell girl.” Yet another said, “I don’t care what Kylie Jenner does. I really don’t but can we not use her siting on a wheelchair a form of fashion?”
And one individual simply stated, “Well this is grossly insensitive. #ableism.” But a few others suggested a rationale for the pictures. “Kylie describes in the interview feeling very ‘limited,’ and how fame restricts her from a lot. The wheelchair symbolizes that,” tweeted one individual. A different person posited, “The kylie photoshoot is supposed to be a tribute to a clockwork orange right…? that’s why she’s in the wheelchair.”
Bizarrely, though, the release of Jenner’s photos comes less than a week after she used her “#IAmMoreThan” anti-bullying campaign to spotlight a disabled woman, who explained, “#iammorethan my wheelchair.” Check out all the photos below, and tell us what you think of the controversy.
UPDATE: In a statement, Interview says, “At Interview, we are proud of our tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realize their distinct and often bold visions. The Kylie Jenner cover by Steven Klein, which references the British artist Allen Jones, is a part of this tradition, placing Kylie in a variety of positions of power and control and exploring her image as an object of vast media scrutiny. Throughout the Art Issue, we celebrate a variety of women who are both the creators and subjects of their artistic work, and the Kylie feature aims to unpack Kylie’s status as both engineer of her image and object of attention. Our intention was to create a powerful set of pictures that get people thinking about image and creative expression, including the set with the wheelchair. But our intention was certainly not to offend anyone.”
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