Furor Over Kylie Jenner Posing As Sex Doll In Wheelchair

Furor Over Kylie Jenner Posing As Sex Doll In Wheelchair
Wheelchair partially in the shadow Marcel Oosterwijk / Flickr cc by-sa 2.0

Eighteen-year-old Kylie Jenner posed for Interview magazine wearing a fetish-black latex outfit, poker-faced like a sex doll. But the photos where she is seen seated in a wheelchair became controversial. It set Twitter ablaze with condemnation of the reality TV star and the creative authorities behind the magazine shoot.


In images published on Monday, Jenner is seen sitting atop a man, legs spread wide. In another photo, she is butt-naked, squatting sideways on a platform. In another, she is butt-naked, whole-body shown in the photo. She is also seen inside a wooden box, ready for shipping.

But what irked the people most was two photos of her in a wheelchair. In one of these photos, her other leg was up on the arm rest.

“It’s deeply disturbing. People with disabilities are already seen as powerless, and this just reinforces that,” Emily Smith Beitiks told CNN. She is an associate director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in San Francisco. “I think she’s literally being objectified made to look like a sex doll, and this wheelchair is an added element of passivity they’re adding on,” Beitks said.

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One Twitter user said, “So disabled models cant’ get work or advance in the fashion industry but Kylie Jenner can use a wheelchair and be classed as edgy.” Another tweeted, “Oh I see! When I’m in my wheelchair none can look me in the eye but when Kylie Jenner sits in a wheelchair it’s FASHION. silly me.”

Interview magazine was made aware of the backslash in the aftermath of the release of the photos. Here’s the publication’s statement obtained exclusively by E! News:

“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.”

Kylie for Interview Magazine photographed by Steven Klein

A photo posted by Kylie Jenner Updates (@kyliejupdate) on