‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Katie Maloney Responds To Photo Backlash After Accepting Instagram Challenge

Katie came under fire after sharing a black-and-white photo of herself.

Katie Maloney attends Nocking Point and Witches of Weho Wines' 'Basic Witch' Launch Event.
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Katie came under fire after sharing a black-and-white photo of herself.

Katie Maloney uploaded a photo of herself to Instagram on Monday, July 27 in solitude with the “Women Supporting Women” challenge and was immediately met with a lack of support from her female followers.

As fans may have seen, the Vanderpump Rules cast member opted to post a pic of herself that had been taken by Los Angeles-based photographer Martina Tolot Moroder, after being challenged to do so by longtime friend and frequent Bravo guest star Kristina Kelly.

Sadly, while the photo was meant to encourage others to participate in the viral challenge — which is a way for ladies to show their appreciation for other females who inspire and show love to one another — not everyone positively responded to Katie’s image.

“Bummed you’ve been posting old photos lately. Aren’t you happy with how you look now??” one person wondered, suggesting that Katie is hiding what she actually looks like from her followers.

In response, Katie wrote back that if the woman was feeling “bummed,” she should do something positive with her life, such as walking, listening to music, or eating some good food. As Katie hilariously explained, that’s what she does when she’s feeling “bummed.”

A short time later, the reality star was met with another woman who was less than impressed with her black-and-white image and told her she should have used a more natural photograph.

“All these ladies that are posting look like they are professional photographs that have been retouched in Photoshop so many times I don’t even know [the people],” they wrote.

Although there was certainly plenty of negativity posted to Katie’s account after she posted her encouraging photo, there were also a lot of positive comments from fans, who applauded her for participating in the campaign and flooded her with compliments. The photo has received almost 25,000 likes in less than a day, proving that at least a portion of her 1.1 million followers appreciated the image.

Katie Maloney attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Pitch Perfect 3.'
Katie Maloney attends the premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

As The Inquisitr previously reported, Katie was recently seen reuniting with her fired Vanderpump Rules co-stars, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, both of whom were axed from their full-time positions on the show in June due to past accusations of racism. During the outing, which took place at The Grove in Los Angeles, Katie and her longtime friends posed with one of their young fans, who later shared the pic on her Instagram page.