Kylie Jenner has angered the Internet this week after a photo spread she did for Interview magazine was revealed. In a few of the pics, the 18-year-old reality star poses in a gold wheelchair wearing S&M-style clothing and staring off into space.
“You cannot both condemn and mock us for using wheelchairs when you let abled people use them for ‘FASHION,’" one person wrote on Twitter. “It’s disgusting.” Another tweeted, “As someone in a wheelchair @KylieJenner @InterviewMag, this is offensive. My chair is not haute couture.”
Interview issued a statement following the scandal, but the magazine's convoluted excuses may make things worse, not better:
“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 magazine said in a statement. “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 statement continues, "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."
You can see the rest of the NSFW photos here.
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(Photo: Steven Klein for Interview Magazine, December 2015)