As successful as Kim Kardashian West’s beauty line has been, it’s also seen its fair share of controversy. Long before KKW Beauty was ever even released, West, 37, was forced to address backlash even during early previews of the line, which many felt showcased blackface. She later received ire online for defending makeup artist Jeffree Star after racist remarks he’d made resurfaced online. Now, the soon-to-be mother of three is (sort of) facing controversy once more, but for a very different reason.
The beauty mogul recently posted an open casting call notice for “all women” over the age of 18 in the Los Angeles area to appear in upcoming KKW Beauty campaigns — a fact that didn’t sit well with everyone.
Influencer James Charles, best known for being the first male CoverGirl model, reportedly called the reality star out in a now-deleted tweet, writing, “Sister @KimKardashian! There are thousands of boys in cosmetics who love you [and] I’m sure would be honored to slay a photo shoot for you! This is disappointing.”
The tweet was picked up by People, bearing the headline, “Kim Kardashian slammed by male beauty blogger for only asking women to model for her makeup line.” Charles, however, is disputing the report, saying, “This headline is so beyond incorrect and is borderline defamation. Change this and do better please, this is poor journalism.” He went on to add, “I would love to know where exactly I ‘slammed’ her?”
Some fans seemed to concur with the mag, particularly since Charles deleted his tweet. Others, however, felt it wasn’t so much a jab at the KUWTK star, but a difference of opinion.
Charles himself has been no stranger to controversy, apologizing earlier this year for insensitive remarks he made about getting Ebola on a visit to Africa. He was also the subject of drama involving the movie It this past fall.
Kardashian West has not commented on Charles’ remarks, or the decision to solely include female models in her campaigns.
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