Kylie Jenner sparked backlash on social media after she posed in a wheelchair for photos featured in a magazine.
In Interview magazine’s December issue, the 18-year-old reality star used a gold wheelchair as prop while wearing some S&M-type clothing and accessories. In another photo, Kylie raised her leg provocatively, E! News noted.
Many found the photos offensive.
— Jessica Jewett Jones (@JJ9828) December 1, 2015
— Ophelia Brown (@bandaidknees) December 1, 2015
The idea that Kylie Jenner in a wheelchair is seen as glamorous yet disabled people that use wheelchairs struggle to find modelling work…
— Steph Boal (@stephhboal) December 1, 2015
Emily Smith Beitiks, associate director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in San Francisco, told CNN: “It’s deeply disturbing. People with disabilities are already seen as powerless, and this just reinforces that.”
Ironically, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star highlighted a disabled woman in her #IAmMoreThan” anti-bullying campaign last week. The young woman posted “#iammorethan my wheelchair,” Daily News reported.
Kylie has yet to publicly issue a statement to the outcry, but in an interview with the magazine, she admitted that her worst fear is waking up and finding something bad about her on the Internet.
Interview defended Jenner against media scrutiny and explained to E! News the reason for using a wheelchair as prop.
“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,” the publication said.
“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,” Interview added.
Kylie’s photos were published Monday on the magazine’s website.
Jenner also shared some of her Interview photos on her Instagram account.