Some people are not amused by Kylie Jenner's racy photoshoot for Interview magazine.
The 18-year-old reality star covers the magazine's December/January issue clad in a skin-tight black bodysuit, but it's not the lack of clothing or the bondage theme that has some offended, it's the fact that she's posing in a wheelchair.
Here are just some of the heated responses the controversial shot has evoked on Twitter.
This right here is why I don't rate Kylie Jenner. A gold wheelchair? Disability isn't a glamorous fad. pic.twitter.com/5kpKgxdtPq— zara (@zaraisfierce) December 1, 2015
I cry every time I go out in my wheelchair bc of the way ppl make me feel but Kylie Jenner uses one + it's fashion? pic.twitter.com/GzkrTPPM1L— B❄️TH❄️NY (@bethanyhurts) December 1, 2015
So disabled models can't get work or advance in the fashion industry but Kylie jenner can use a wheelchair and be classed as edgy 👌— Beth (@Bendy_Mermaid) December 1, 2015
Interview responded to the controversy on Tuesday, and stands by the photoshoot.
"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 magazine said in a statement to ET. "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."
ET spoke to Amy Richardson from Hartlepool, England, whose own tweets about Kylie's use of a wheelchair as a prop have been striking a chord with other Twitter users.
Oh I see! When I'm in my wheelchair noone can look me in the eye but when Kylie Jenner sits in a wheelchair it's FASHION. silly me.— Amelia (@amysgotmilk) December 1, 2015
I darent go out in my home town or take pictures when I'm in my chair but kylie jenner can sit in a gold plated wheelchair for a photoshoot— Amelia (@amysgotmilk) December 1, 2015
I'm an ACTUAL MODEL and I've never been shot in a chair. When I'm in my wheelchair photographers cancel until I can stand up.— Amelia (@amysgotmilk) December 1, 2015
When actual models can't find work when in their chair but able bodied people can sit their ass in one and get paid there's a problem.— Amelia (@amysgotmilk) December 1, 2015
Richardson, who doesn't need a wheelchair 24 hours a day, said that in her own experience, she's had to cancel photoshoots with photographers whenever she's had to use her chair. She said her first thought when she saw Kylie's controversial cover was, "Not again."
"It's common for fashion magazines and models to use wheelchairs or other mobility aids to look 'edgy," she commented. "I would much rather that disabled models were used if a photographer really wanted to do a certain concept using wheelchairs, etc. But most of the time the models used are able-bodied."
"I guess what I and many other disabled people really want is just to be given the same opportunities as everyone else," she added. "If disabled people weren't excluded from the fashion world then there would be no problem with able-bodied people using wheelchairs in fashion. It would all be equal. But right now we're almost invisible and so what I hope for is more visibility. More opportunity and more acceptance of the disabled body."
Richardson said she doesn't want an apology from Kylie, but rather, an "explanation."
"Mostly, I'd like an explanation of how not one person at the magazine, nor Kylie herself, or her manager/mother thought, 'Maybe this could hurt people,'" she mused. "An apology would be lovely but it's not completely necessary. I just want them to know that what they did was harmful because I know it might not have crossed their mind."
ET has reached out to Kylie for comment.
"I’ve been bullied my whole life, whether it was about my peers or comments on Instagram or Twitter, whatever," she shared. "And I never talked about my story really. I feel like I’ve kind of accepted it because I realized that just comes with the territory. So I kind of was online and just finding other girls and boys my age who have been bullied and have kind of overcome it, and just done something amazing with it, who inspire me."
One person recently featured on the campaign is an artist named Audrey, who uses a wheelchair.
Thank you for your words @audreytheartist #repost "#iammorethan my wheelchair 👸🏻🔥🔥 I have been doing really great lately and I thought it was time to share my piece of mind with you guys. 2015 has been one hell of a ride, and I am proud of me ; worked so far with amazing people, kept drawing when I couldn't for months because of the car accident I had last year, and also graduated. I left my comfort zone many, many times this year and I kept going, my faith in brighter days never faltering. Being different physically is complicated, you have to deal with loads of shits, and still keep smiling. I want to say to anyone who feels different, lonely or just down, #keepgoing. You never know what tomorrow is made of, in good or bad, so please, keep going and #nevergiveup. Life is weird, so are we, and that's what is #magical. I decided to embrace my flaws a long time ago, and I never regretted once that decision. I'm a young artist, and once again here, it's hard being different because, judgments ("you can draw with your hands?") but it's worth it. I believe one day, I will work for #Sia, making her cds covers, and even make exhibitions in San Fran, Amsterdam and Tokyo. In meantime I'm gonna build my empire, one drawing per day. And #keepsmiling because life is worth living no matter what. I love life. Do you?#audreytheartist @kyliejenner"
Not surprisingly, some of Kylie's followers took issue with the choice in light of the photoshoot. "This coming from a girl that did a photo shoot in a wheelchair,” one user wrote. "You are mocking the wheelchair community."
"Yes it's a horrendous attempt at PR trying to make amends for a seriously bad judgment call," another user commented. "She is young but her mother and other people around her should have known better if she didn't. The whole thing is just shocking! And this just makes it worse."
Watch the video below for more on Kylie's controversial photoshoot.