Kylie Jenner slammed for controversial wheelchair shoot
Kylie Jenner has caused controversy with a magazine cover shoot showing her posing in a wheelchair.
The 18-year-old reality television star is photographed wearing a black latex dress as she sits eerily still in the chair on the front of Interview magazine.
The fetish outfits Kylie is sporting for the shoot, combined with her blank expression, led to comparisons with a sex doll.
This, combined with the wheelchair, has angered disability advocates.
"It's deeply disturbing," Emily Smith Beitiks of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in San Francisco told CNN. "People with disabilities are already seen as powerless, and this just reinforces that. I think she's literally being objectified to look like a sex doll, and this wheelchair is an added element of passivity they're adding on."
Hundreds of others were also quick to take to Twitter and express their opinions about the shoot.
"I'm constantly infantilized because of my wheelchair, denied even the idea of sexuality and agency let alone desirability. But Kylie?" writer Kayla Whaley, based in Atlanta, tweeted. "She gets paid and praised to wear the shallowest possible illusion of my disability for a few hours."
"So disabled models can't get work or advance in the fashion industry but Kylie jenner can use a wheelchair and be classed as edgy,(sic)" @Bendy_Mermaid added.
Kylie has yet to comment on the scandal surround the images on her Twitter page. However, a representative for the magazine insisted they stand by the pictures as a method of artistic expression.
"At Interview, we are proud of our tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realise their distinct and often bold visions," the representative told E! News. "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.
"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."
- Cover Media