On Monday, reality star Kylie Jenner caused a stir when she appeared at the Schiaparelli show during Paris Fashion Week wearing a black dress with a large lion's head attached to it. The couture creation received a significant amount of backlash on social media, with many criticizing the ensemble as distasteful and offensive.
However, animal rights organization PETA has offered a different perspective on the matter. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk hailed the Schiaparelli collection's "three-dimensional animal heads," none of which incorporated real fur or leather, as "fabulously innovative." In a statement shared with Page Six Style, Newkirk said, "Kylie, Naomi and Irina’s looks celebrate the beauty of wild animals and may be a statement against trophy hunting, in which lions and wolves are torn apart to satisfy human egotism."
Newkirk went on to encourage everyone to stick with 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering.
She also urged Jenner and her fellow stars to "extend this creativity to exclude sheep shorn bloody for wool and silkworms boiled alive in their cocoons." “We encourage everyone to stick with 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering,” Newkirk concluded.
The animal heads displayed in the show were made of hand-shaped foam, wool and silk faux fur, and hand-painted to look as natural as possible, celebrating the life of the natural world, the Schiaparelli fashion house claimed in defense of its designs on its Instagram page.
Despite PETA's praise, many commenters were not convinced, with one writing, "Animals are not trophies," and another adding, "As an African I’m extremely offended. The implication is quite disturbing." Others described the ensemble as "a scary sight," "terrible," "ridiculous," and "wrong wrong wrong." While Kylie Jenner's wild look for the Schiaparelli show caused a lot of controversy and criticism, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk praised the Schiaparelli collection's three-dimensional animal heads as fabulously innovative.
PETA encourages everyone to stick with 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering.
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