Kylie Jenner Raises Tensions For Gracing Vogue Hong Kong During Political Unrest
By Izza Sofia, 04 Aug 2020
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Kylie Jenner’s latest cover on Vogue Hong Kong isn’t sitting well with fans.
The beauty mogul graced the cover of the magazine donning an oxblood YSL dress with the phrase “Act Now” plastered across her lap. The magazine made Jenner its cover star as she is “active in charitable causes including funding surgeries for children with cleft lips and palate through Smile Train.”
While the shoot is all elegant, readers are questioning the magazine’s move to front Jenner as the cover star, especially during political unrest in Hong Kong.
The cover surfaced two days after the country delayed its election. Other factors, such as coronavirus and the new national security law imposed at the end of June, have heightened tensions in the city.
Fashion watchdog Diet Prada also voiced out on the magazine’s move, writing, “Y tho?” and likened the situation to “Kendall for Pepsi move.” Other social media have aired out their frustrations on Twitter.
One user wrote, “This is a weird cover for an ‘Act Now’ issue, surely there are better people who could represent the cause, perhaps someone from Hong Kong, pictures of protesters, politicians. As far as I remember she didn’t peep a word about the protests,” while another commented, “Putting Kylie Jenner on the cover of a Vogue issue about activism in HK is the most tone-deaf thing I’ve seen.”
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Y tho? In a Kendall for Pepsi move, @kyliejenner graces the cover of @voguehongkong ‘s “ACTION ISSUE” aimed at promoting social awareness and activism at a time when a newly imposed national security law by China has just resulted in arrest warrants for six actual activists. Under the new law, which was imposed on June 30th, secession, collusion, and foreign interference are criminalized for people who aren’t even residents of Hong Kong or China. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Friday, Samuel Chu, a U.S. citizen and managing director of D.C.-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, was one of the six pro-democracy activists to have arrest warrants issued for them by Hong Kong police. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “If I am targeted, any American/any citizen of any nation who speaks out for Hong Kong can and will be too. We are all Hong Kongers now,” Chu wrote in a tweet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dieters, bets on whether Kylie will start advocating for Hong Kong’s democracy? • #kyliejenner #kylie #kyliecosmetics #kylieskin #kuwtk #hongkong #nationalsecuritylaw #china #chinahongkong #vogue #voguehk #tonedeaf #magazine #fashion #fashionmagazine #saintlaurent #ysl #reality #realitytvrealitystar #ytho #y #huh #confusing #weird #wtf #why #glam #dietprada
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This is a weird cover for an « act now » issue, surely there are better people who could represent the cause, perhaps someone from hong kong themselves, pictures of protesters, politicians etc.... As far as I remember she didn’t peep a word about the protests— Anonymously fabulous 💅🏼💫🧚🏻♀️💕 (@AnonymouslyLili) August 2, 2020
Putting Kylie Jenner on the cover of a Vogue issue about activism in HK is the most tone deaf, stupid fucking thing I’ve ever seen in my life— georgia (@georgia_nd) August 3, 2020
I have never hated anything as much as vogue HONG KONG having the gall to release an “act now” issue ONE MONTH after the NS law passed and having the audacity to then put Kylie Jenner on the front. Plus it’s a boring fucking cover go girl give us nothing. pic.twitter.com/54NFYnWooC— ACAB • BLM (@emmaatang) August 2, 2020
Kylie Jenner, who has done nothing for Hong Kong’s fight for democracy, graces the cover of Vogue HK‘s ACTION issue which aims at promoting social awareness and activism.— Sophie Mak (@SophieMak1) August 4, 2020
Vogue‘s attempt to profit off the goodness of our movement (without actually supporting it) is insulting. pic.twitter.com/jhtbgf1LuO
Kylie Jenner on the cover of Vogue Hong Kong’s “Act Now” issue is deeply troubling. HK is on the brink of a civil war, democracy is at stake, what we see in the American media barely scratches the surface of the severity of this issue. This is not a time to glamorize activism. pic.twitter.com/dN7Fh9579n— Maybe: Joyce (@maybejoyce_) August 3, 2020
Kylie Jenner on the cover of Vogue Hong Kong in an issue titled “act now” that calls for activism and social awareness, esp after what’s happenend there these past weeks...... the joke really tells itself huh pic.twitter.com/GoH7fsN8we— nate⁷ (@natestiwt) August 3, 2020
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