Melbourne: Kylie Jenner’s new cover shoot for Interview magazine, in which the 18-year-old is seen sitting on a wheel chair, has made some disability advocates very furious.
Chelsey Jay, director of Disability for Models of Diversity, said that her organisation was completely against the images of an able Kylie Jenner using a wheelchair.
She claimed that in reality, the fashion industry rejected actual models, who in real life, depend on these mobility aids, yet are excluded for this exact reason.
Jessica Jewett, a wheelchair dependent, said that Kylie posing in a wheelchair when she doesn’t actually need a wheelchair was harmful, adding that it was taking away jobs in the media from actual disabled models and actors.
However, Interview magazine defended the photo shoot, and said they were proud of their tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realise their distinct and often bold visions.
They stated that Kylie Jenner cover by Steven Klein, which references the British artist Allen Jones, was a part of this tradition.