Kylie Jenner is causing more controversy with her lip kits. The 18-year-old has been accused of using a sweatshop to manufacture her popular lip stains and lip liners.
According to new reports, the company that produces Kylie Jenner’s lip kits has been unveiled as a sweatshop. Her sold-out kits have already earned her millions of dollars and contributed to her ever-growing net worth, but new reports suggest that Spatz Laboratories, located in Oxnard, California, offers “dangerous” and “unsafe” working conditions for their employees.
According to Indeed.com, employees shared their experience and gave the company a rating of less than three stars. In the reviews dated as recent as February 24, 2016, the employees claimed that they worked “long hours” for “minimal” pay. In addition, the work environment is unsafe in that it has “oily floors” inside a “dirty atmosphere.”
Even an FDA inspection report from 2006 found that the sweatshop is unpleasant to work in.
“Equipment used in the manufacture, processing, packing, or holding of drug products is not of appropriate design, of adequate size, and suitably located to facilitate operations for its extended use.”
However, these issues were resolved, as Spatz has not been cited since then. According to a rep for the company, the factory is not regulated by the FDA and has not been inspected since.
Interestingly enough, Kylie paid a visit to the factory two months ago. She shared a black-and-white video of herself helping produce the lip stains, along with the caption: “My happiness my dream #secretcolor @kyliecosmetics”
Even her momager, Kris Jenner, visited the controversial company four months ago in a seemingly glamorous photo, as seen below.
Spatz Laboratories CEO Mary Beth Siddons told BuzzFeed that the allegations against his company “are completely false and fabricated.” You can read the full email statement here. Kylie Jenner has not yet spoken out about these allegations.
“Spatz Laboratories proactively works to provide a healthy and safe working environment for our employees. We have implemented a number of initiatives to insure compliance to not only the law, but the standards set forth by cosmetic good manufacturing guidelines.
“These types of initiatives include but are not limited to safety committees and regularly conducted third party audits. As the business grows we make the proper improvements to support that growth because the health and wellness of our employees is a main priority.”
The question on everyone’s minds lately is not the unsafe working conditions that the Kylie Jenner lip kits are manufactured in, but if her new lip glosses will be restocked. The starlet introduced her new shiny Kylie Glosses late last week, which of course sold out immediately.
Unfortunately, only the Lip Kits were restocked on Tuesday, April 5. The news of the restock was confirmed on Jenner’s website and app, along with her social media accounts. It’s still unclear when her new glosses will be restocked.
Last week, Kylie tried to expand her beauty empire by creatively advertising her new set of lip glosses in an edgy music video, which features her raiding a drug bust and getting arrested with her girl squad. The promotional video made fans wonder if Kylie wants to become a pop star with the likes of Taylor Swift and Rihanna.
But according to SFGate, Jenner’s video is nothing but a copy of a short film created by Atlanta hairstylist Ming Lee. Back in 2014, she wanted to promote her hair extension store with the R-rated film short, Pink Is The New Black. The video follows Lee and her girl squad raiding a drug bust, but getting away with their prized extensions.
This isn’t the first time that Kylie has been accused of copying someone else’s style in order to make a profit. According to BuzzFeed, her signature style has been modeled after Los Angeles boutique owner Heather Sanders.
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