Kendall Jenner isn’t having the best 2017. After the ill-fated “All Sodas Matter” Pepsi ad and the catastrophic Fyre festival she promoted, the fashion model and reality TV star is taking some heat right now because she’s on the cover of Vogue India’s 10th Anniversary cover. Critics of the cover feel that an East Indian model should have been chosen instead of Jenner.
Completely baffled at the fact that vogue India had Kendall Jenner as their model. Smh so many pretty Indian models out there too!— SF (@sfxo_) May 4, 2017
Why is Kendall Jenner on the cover 4 the 10th anniversary vogue India when there are plenty beautiful Indian women who can do it #vogueindia— Ashwarya Sharma (@ashwarrior1) May 4, 2017
As we mentioned earlier, this issue of Vogue India commemorates the 10th anniversary of the publication and is a collector’s item. This seemed to make critics of the Kendall Jenner cover even more pissed.
Kicking off our 10th anniversary celebrations: @mariotestino guest edits the May issue starring supermodel @KendallJenner shot in India #MarioTestinoXVogueIndia Photographed by: @mariotestino. Styled by: #Sarajanehoare Hair by: @hairbychristiaan. Make-up: @thevalgarland. Kendall’s agency: The Society. Set design: @tomotattle. Location: Hotel Samode Palace, Jaipur. Thanks: Samode Bagh. Production: @MarioTestinoPlus. Local production: #mithikasinghagaekwad and @yogigaekwad. Photo assistants: Karan Takulia and Vijit Gupta. Videographer's assistant: Vishal Jain. Set assistant: Divyaratna Singh
According to The Huffington Post, the photos were shot by famed photographer Mario Testino, and was accompanied in some of the photos by Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. There was also a separate photo shoot in the magazine that featured Indian actress Katrina Kaif but Jenner was the only celebrity who ended up on the cover.
Kendall has been making some questionable career choices lately. A couple of weeks ago, she starred in a tone-deaf Pepsi add that went viral for all of the wrong reasons. The ad used the protest movements sweeping the nation as a proxy to sell soda and people were mad about it especially because at the end of the commercial Kendall gives a police officer a can of Pepsi and gets applause for it.
Kendall also got lots of heat for promoting the ill-fated Fyre Festival, a glitzy music fest organized by Ja Rule which turned into a complete disaster. Ticket holders who paid upwards of $1,000 to attend soon found that the luxurious accommodation they were expecting was nowhere to be found. Instead, they were greeted with disaster relief tents, cheese sandwiches, and gravel.
It should be said that Kendall Jenner wasn’t the only Instagram influencer who promoted the fest. But there’s a new report from VICE which states that Kendall got paid $250,000 to promote the fest while the other models’ paychecks from the event were closer to $20,000.
The article in VICE also reveals just how disorganized the event was. The real planning only started two months before the first day of the festival where they were expecting thousands of attendees. One supplier said that they were contacted by the Fyre Festival organizers in April for an event that was scheduled to take place in April. The supplier told them that there was no way that they would have the facilities they needed in time for the festival.
“There was no infrastructure to even support the equipment. They didn’t even have a loading dock, they had no understanding of what vehicles were on the island to even move the stuff off the ship once it got there,” the supplier disclosed. “They said stuff like, ‘Don’t worry about customs; it’s only for a weekend, you don’t have to worry about customs.”
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Ja Rule and his partner have both blamed factors other than their disorganization for the catastrophe their event turned into.
As for Kendall, she hasn’t offered any comments on Fyre Fest. She was similarly quiet after the Pepsi ad. She did post a topless selfie while all of the hoopla about the festival was going on. Way to distract everyone, Kendall!
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