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Kendall and Kylie Jenner don’t often stay out of the news for very long. But in the case of today’s headline-making story, the sisters are facing some backlash for their latest designs.
While the Kendall + Kylie line commonly releases new collections—often ones that sell out in record-making time—its new offerings included a range of vintage T-shirts that featured iconic music stars including Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Pink Floyd, and Metallica. While selling vintage band tees might not usually raise eyebrows, the Jenners’ versions were also customized to feature the sisters’ photos and "K" initials on top of the photos, album covers, and other iconic imagery.
In response, the late Notorious B.I.G.’s mother Voletta Wallace shared an image of the T-shirt to her Instagram, stating, "I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this. The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me."
Less than an hour ago, Kendall and Kylie posted this apology via Twitter: “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway [sic]."
All the vintage T-shirts have been removed from the Kendall + Kylie site, and all promotional images were taken down.
The short of it:
- Kendall and Kylie Jenner debuted vintage band tees on their e-commerce site that featured photos of iconic music artists.
- The Jenners layered photos of themselves and their initials on top of the musician's art and likenesses.
- The late Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace, voiced her disapproval about the issue on social media, claiming the sisters never contacted her to ask for permission to use her son's image or photo.
- The Jenner sisters removed the shirts from their site, and they issued an apology via Twitter.
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