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KYLIE JENNER RESPONDS TO BLACKFACE ACCUSATIONS: ‘LET’S ALL CALM DOWN’
Monday, Apr 6, 2015

By Erin Biglow

 

Kylie Jenner has responded to critics accusing the reality star of wearing blackface in her latest photo shoot.

Jenner, 17, shared an Instagram post with her 20 million followers Saturday afternoon in which she sported heavy metallic makeup some interpreted as racially insensitive. Her initial caption, now deleted, read, “What I wish I looked like all the time,” and credited the shot’s futuristic style to her beauty team.

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Backlash surrounding the unconventional aesthetic exploded within minutes, forcing Jenner to edit her remarks and explain the shoot’s intentions as nothing more than artistic.

“This is a black light and neon lights people,” Jenner wrote. “Let’s all calm down.”

Jenner’s hair stylist, Chris Dylan, supported his client and echoed the incredulity, sharing his own thoughts about the situation on his own Instagram feed.

“Does no body [sic] know about lighting?” he asked.

 

Disney Channel star Zendaya, no stranger to controversy herself, first expressed enthusiasm over Jenner’s new look.

“Eff it up,” she wrote in the post’s comment section, adding applause emoji for emphasis.

When fans took note and pointed out the potential conflict in her opinion, however, the Dancing With the Stars runner-up backtracked, tweeting, “I didn’t see it like that at fist [sic]…that’s crazy.”

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While plenty of supporters have already dismissed the scandal, Jenner posted another image from the shoot late Saturday night to hopefully put the issue to bed.

goodnight @marcelocantuphoto @joycebonelli @ChrisDylanHair A photo posted by Kylizzle (@kyliejenner) on

What do you think? Was the controversy over Kylie Jenner’s latest photo shoot justified? Or were people just making yet another big deal about nothing? Share your thoughts on our sounding board below, and stick with @DishNation for the hottest Hollywood updates!

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