Yeah, so, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are the faces of a domestic violence campaign they didn’t even know about.
They’re among a bunch of A-listers – including Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus – who faces were digitally-altered by artist aleXsandro Palombo for a series of photographic PSAs he’s called ‘Break the Silence’.
It’s an interesting concept designed to raise awareness about an issue that isn’t given nearly enough media attention, but what’s not cool is that Palombo didn’t reach out to any of the women involved to ask permission to use their image.
While TMZ report both Kim and Kendall are chill with supporting the cause, they also think it’s important “people have the right to choose to be involved”, hence why their lawyers are issuing the artist with legal documents over the use of the photos.
The image of Kim was originally taken at the 2014 Paris Valentino Fashion Show, while Kendall’s was apparently from a Victoria’s Secret book launch.
Colombo is standing by his campaign at the moment, issuing a statement to The Independent:
“The artist is sorry if Kim and Kendall are offended by his work, it was not his purpose, at all. Palombo’s new series is not a campaign, not an advertisement, not for sale, it’s the artist point of view of a social issue, his contribution to break the silence.”
He also asserts that all images used were pap shots, and therefore don’t require permission from anyone involved.
Right idea, wrong execution.
Source: TMZ/The Independent.
Photos: aleXsandro Palombo.
Domestic violence is never acceptable. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, calls can be made 24 hours a day on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line, or to Lifeline on 131 114.