Kylie Jenner had tongues wagging when she appeared at Paris Fashion Week over the weekend. But she might not have liked what people had to say about her outfit, which saw her appearing at the Schiaparelli show wearing a strapless, fitted black velvet gown featuring a replica life-sized lion’s head across her torso.
Even though the fashion house proclaimed “NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN MAKING THIS LOOK,” the mother-of-two was chastised on social media for promoting animal cruelty and mocked for advocating the designer’s message that the outfit celebrates “the glory of the naturalworld.”
“The only thing this is glorifying is the killing of these animals, even if this is fake,” one person wrote in an Instagram post. “The lion, cheetah and the wolf look like they are literally meant to look as if they were killed and used for clothing. How is this celebrating the glory of the natural world. Make it make sense.”
“Sorry but that’s a no for me. Whether it’s fake or not, it promotes animal cruelty,” another wrote, while an additional comment read, “Celebrate the glory of the natural world???? Doesn’t make any sense. This is so wrong. You are promoting animal violence and supporting hunting and poaching trophies.”
One critic dismissed the dress as “one of your worst fashion mistakes of all time.”
“A big no no,” a fifth person said. “Very disturbing and could promote animal abuse indirectly.”
Many of Jenner’s followers criticized her personally for modeling the lifelike design.
“I can’t believe you would stop this low. It’s tacky and disgusting,” one detractor fired off, with another accusing her of making “a terrible fashion mistake.”
But not everyone was upset by the outfit. PETA applauded Jenner’s fashion statement in a message to TMZ.
“Kylie’s look celebrates lions’ beauty and may be a statement against trophy hunting, in which lion families are torn apart to satisfy human egotism,” the organization’s president Ingrid Newkirk said.