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Heather Snowden

It seems that the youngest of the Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner, is trying desperately to follow in her big sister's footsteps and break the Internet by flashing her bum in a magazine. Instead, she's just pissed a lot of people off.

In December's issue of Interview Magazine, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star can be seen donning a dominatrix style, clad in black PVC and posing for a photoshoot that sits alongside an interview which discusses her hatred of heavy make-up and her discovery that money doesn't, contrary to popular opinion, buy you happiness.

However, it's not the talk of privilege that's angered and offended the masses, it's the fact she's posing in a wheelchair.

Back in October, Kylie was called out for her 'sexy eskimo' Halloween costume which she was subsequently raged at for cultural appropriation. However, it would seem that this 18-year-old does not live and learn, and has caused more backlash for putting her powerful, able body, in a tool which is used by people with disabilities to grant mobility.

Ian Watlington, the disability advocacy specialist for the National Disability Rights Network, told Mashable,

"The photo just adds more ogling and sensationalism that people with disabilities are used to, without adding to the conversation about what it means to be in a wheelchair in the world today."

A statement which resonates with many, and several wheelchair users took to Twitter to share their disgust:

Although there is certainly an argument that the blame doesn't solely lie on Kylie's shoulders, the photographer Steven Klein holds some responsibility here too, that doesn't negate the fact that Ms. Jenner had an option here. She could have said no.

Interview Magazine offered the following statement:

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.

Source: US Weekly, Interview Magazine


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