This week, she put out an open call for models for an upcoming KKW Beauty campaign. It’s an exciting opportunity for anyone — pairing with Kim Kardashian would quickly raise any model’s profile — but it’s drawing controversy for limiting the playing field.
The casting call was announced in a tweet from the brand’s account: “Attention LA area beauties! Join our open casting call for a chance to be featured in an upcoming
#KKWBeauty campaign.” The flyer, in KKW’s beloved millennial pink, gives details about the call: “We are excited to announce an open model casting call in the LA area for several upcoming KKW Beauty campaigns … this call is open to all women 18+ (there is no max age limit.)”
— KKW BEAUTY (@kkwbeauty) December 12, 2017
Some fans are criticizing Kardashian for not opening up the call to all genders. “Just women? Feeling sorry for all of the male influencers/models out there,” one critic wrote in. Others are calling out specific male beauty bloggers, like Manny MUA and James Charles, who they’d like to see as part of the campaign.
just women? feeling sorry for all of the male influencers/models out there
— emily schimanski (@schimanski_x) December 12, 2017
can u use some male makeup models for your next campaign?
— ash (@saddieashton) December 14, 2017
why just women sis
— Jonny (@HEYJonnyl01) December 12, 2017
KKW beauty is cancelled if they don’t allow guy submissions and cast some !!!!! CATCH UP KIMMY
— Jake Farnum (@JakeFarnum) December 12, 2017
As one fan points out: “Doesn’t mean she doesn’t support all genders and appreciate that men use her makeup too. You never see this complaint when truck advertisers look for just men.” Others are jumping in to defend Kardashian and remind her fans of the value of women-only spaces.
Don't know why people are upset this call is just for women. Maybe she's doing some ads showing women aging gracefully. Doesn't mean she doesn't support all genders and appreciate that men use her makeup too. You never see this complaint when truck advertisers look for just men.
— Natasha (@brklyn73) December 14, 2017
This shit really gets to me!! Women in this country are marginalized in a way that men (gay or straight), would nvr understan….Let us have our moment, w/o having to include yourself in every conversation! If your a man and you love make-up, do a line just 4 men!
— Takiyah Chery (@CheryTakiyah) December 13, 2017
While this specific campaign may be women-focused, Kardashian has let plenty of men into her beauty sphere in the past. She’s done tutorials with Patrick Starrr, been locked in drama with Jeffree Star, and, most important, used Mario Dedivanovic as her longtime makeup artist. Dedivanovic is now a beauty star in his own right who can charge upwards of $500 for a master class.
Beauty boys may be left out this time, but we have a feeling their moment in the KKW spotlight will come soon enough.
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