Amelia Gray Hamlin is responding to critics who have accused her of "Blackfishing" in her most recent photos. The 19-year-old model and girlfriend of Scott Disick received a lot of backlash after sharing a series of pics featuring her significantly darkened appearance.
"Whiplash got me like...." she captioned the images on Thursday.
Several hours after sharing the photos, Hamlin took to her Instagram Stories to respond to the criticism.
"I'm receiving a lot of comments in regards to my latest photo. I am being told that I am 'Black fishing' -- thank you all for educating me on this topic," the daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin wrote. "I recently went on vacation to the sun, and with my Italian heritage I tan very easily. There is no self tanner involved, or intention of looking darker than my own natural skin color. I had a lot of fun creating this look with no malice intention or offense."
"Blackfishing" is a term partly coined by journalist Wanna Thompson that describes non-Black influencers and stars using makeup, fake tanner, Photoshop, or even surgery to give off the appearance that they are Black or mixed race.
After posting the message, Hamlin kept the original photos up, but turned the comments off.
"Scott and Amelia are having a blast together. They've been going out with friends, spending time together and overall just having a really good time," the source said. "They're still not super serious and are just taking things day by day and keeping things light and fun."
The source added, "Amelia is young and doesn’t want or need a crazy commitment and Scott likes that things are low key and easy with her."