Kendall Jenner’s New Adidas Ads Are Already Facing Major Backlash
It’s been a busy summer for lawsuits and controversies for the Kardashian-Jenner sisters, and it doesn’t look like the heat is going to let up anytime soon. Kendall Jenner’s new Adidas campaign was just released, and the sportswear company is already facing backlash over its choosing the model instead of an athlete.
The new campaign for Adidas Originals features Jenner as the star of a series of futuristic videos where she’s waking in an incubator (that remind us of Passengers) with a voiceover by the 21-year-old quoting lyrics from Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Although Jenner isn’t the only model serving as the current face of an activewear brand — her sister Kylie Jenner has her own Puma collection, Gigi Hadid is a face of Reebok, Karlie Kloss has fronted both Nike and Adidas, and Hailey Baldwin also served a stint as an Adidas Originals spokesmodel — folks are still unhappy that the brand didn’t cast a real athlete.
I truly despise @adidasoriginals for making Kendall an Ambassador. What a contradiction 2 the whole brand. Adidas is supposed 2 rep Athletes
— Jennifer Maisonet (@maisonet2010) August 12, 2017
I'm sick of brands like @adidas using models rather than athletes for their ad campaigns. Bun Kendall Jenner.
— Zoe Cantley (@ZoeCantley) August 15, 2017
However, Originals is the lifestyle branch of Adidas, so the fact that it was a model they chose over a real athlete was not the biggest thing the public took issue with. Rather, the Twitterverse specifically harped on how there was nothing original about signing the reality star, who already has a mile long list of campaigns under her belt including Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein.
I bought myself a pair of Pumas because I'm still mad about Adidas Originals using Kendall Jenner.
— lucila (@lllucila) June 22, 2017
Kendall Jenner???? Really?!??? There is NOTHING original about having this ridiculous image front your brand…come on adidas!! Do better!!
— 🌷CJ🕊 (@ceeja68) August 13, 2017
— diane bracuk (@DianeBracuk) August 12, 2017
Kendall Jenner is just a sad sad sad choice…so disappointed
— Kimmie (@Kimifliction) August 11, 2017
Kendall Jenner: ruining your favorite brands from Pepsi to Adidas. Yawn.
— Christina (@geriatricvroid) August 14, 2017
— finchley1959 (@finchley1959) August 13, 2017
Not really feeling Kendall Jenner for Adidas tbh. It's gonna take more than a can of Pepsi to change my mind 🙄
— ✨Nat✨ (@nat_monster) August 10, 2017
In response, Adidas has defended their decision to cast Jenner. In a statement to Insider, a company representative said: “Original Is Never Finished celebrates a new group of creators, each who identify in their own way with the current generation. Each creative embodies the spirit of adidas Originals as a pioneering force shaping the world today by challenging the status quo in their very own way. All are true Originals and we look forward to our creative journey together. A longtime fan of the brand, Kendall embodies the spirit of adidas Originals as a creative force shaping the world today by challenging the status quo in her very own way. A classic icon, Kendall is a true Original and we welcome her to our family.”
It’s not the first time the public has been angry with the model “usurping” professionals — though it wasn’t for an ad campaign, Jenner elicited the outrage of dancers with a ballet-themed photoshoot and video for Vogue in September 2016. The video showed Jenner wearing pointe shoes and mimicking ballet moves in a dance studio, and was decried for being deeply inaccurate and offensive.
What do you think about the choice of Kendall Jenner for Adidas Originals? Tell us if you’d have cast a different face for the brand @BritandCo!
(Photos via Adidas)