Kylie Jenner criticised by disability activists over ‘deeply disturbing’ magazine cover

'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star provokes controversy with Interview magazine photoshoot

Kylie Jenner has found herself at the centre of a controversy over a photoshoot that some have found offensive to disabled people.

The pictures in question were published in the December/January issue of Interview magazine, with the cover image showing a latex-clad Jenner sat in a gold wheelchair.

The photo has been widely criticised online for its use of a wheelchair as a prop, with many accusing both Jenner and Interview of discrimination and ableism.

“It’s deeply disturbing,” Emily Smith Beitiks, associate director of the Paul K Longmore Institute on Disability, told CNN. “People with disabilities are already seen as powerless, and this just reinforces that”.

Meanwhile, Interview magazine has defended the photo, writing in a statement issued to E! News: “At Interview, we are proud of our tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realise their distinct and often bold visions. The Kylie Jenner cover by Steven Klein, which references the British artist Allen Jones, is a part of this tradition, placing Kylie in a variety of positions of power and control and exploring her image as an object of vast media scrutiny.”

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“Throughout the Art Issue, we celebrate a variety of women who are both the creators and subjects of their artistic work, and the Kylie feature aims to unpack Kylie’s status as both engineer of her image and object of attention.”

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Jenner has not yet responded to the criticism.