Kylie Jenner caused quite a stir in the media when it came to her Interview magazine cover photo. The photo shows Jenner posing in a wheelchair, which expresses her claim that she is bound by her fame, which she cannot escape even if she wanted to. As many can imagine, this did not settle well with the public and, most importantly, with disabled individuals who have no other option than to use a wheelchair.

Although Jenner might not have meant to bring such negative energy on the topic of being disabled or having to use a wheelchair in a serious, everyday manner, she did just that. The public was outraged when Jenner’s photo shoot was released.

Some of the many individuals who use a wheelchair for everyday tasks, such as Ophelia Brown and Jessica Jewett Jones, are less than pleased with the photo shoot using a golden wheelchair as a prop, making it a fashion statement.

There are many views on the topic, such as the view that Jenner and Interview magazine were trying to get a different point across to the public than how many took it. This created controversy on the topic, causing heads to turn.

This magazine cover may seem to bring negative energy, such as the topic of ableism, which refers to “attitudes in society that devalue and limit the potential of persons with disabilities.” However, it also brings attention to individuals with disabilities, shifting the spotlight from Jenner to people such as Ophelia Brown, Jessica Jewett, Caly Deer, Lauren Wasser, and H. Jordyn Taylor. While the spotlight shifts to these individuals who are using a wheelchair in their everyday lives, light is shed on the discrimination against disabilities. It allows the public to become more aware of the difficult challenges that disabled individuals face in their own lives.

Whether or not Jenner and Interview tried to bring attention to people who are not famous or who use a wheelchair daily, they did. There are many tweets from disabled individuals stating how they would never be able to make the cover of a magazine or make any sort of news because of their wheelchair, but maybe, just maybe, Jenner and Interview magazine allowed them to do just that!

 

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Photo of Lauren Wasser by Jennifer Rovero/ via Lauren’s Instagram

As H. Jordyn Taylor jokes on her Instagram account, “Kylie Jenner can kiss my ass. I wouldn’t be able to feel it but still.. #CripJokes.” Taylor brings humor to the topic while expressing that Jenner’s photo was not appropriate. Lauren Wasser, meanwhile, recreated Jenner’s shoot by stepping on tabloids, interviews, and a plethora of magazines about the Kardashian-Jenner’s lives, which is powerful in itself.

After the cover photo was published, people who don’t typically get attention became hot topics, such as Ophelia Brown. Not only is Brown gaining recognition and fame from the media by being in multiple online articles, but her Twitter page is being frequently visited and gaining followers. She’s also raising awareness to the severity of disabilities and that they’re not something to joke about. It is a way of life.

Jenner may have raised the right kind of attention, putting the spotlight on her for a minute but then turning it over to others in wheelchairs, giving them their fame and raising awareness of disabilities. Ophelia Brown has now received more attention to her donation page for a new wheelchair than before Interview’s controversial cover. She has already raised $4,380 out of her $6,000 goal.

Although there was much controversy surrounding Jenner posing in a wheelchair, it brought attention to individuals with real disabilities and allowed the public to gain knowledge of diverse ways of life.

 

Olivia Punch
Aspiring author and avid reader, Olivia Punch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, at a University tucked away in the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire, majoring in English/Writing and minoring in Philosophy. A strong believer that everything happens for a reason. who takes pleasure in stuffing her nose in Good Housekeeping and HGTV magazines, cooking, and interior design. Nothing comes in competition with a rainy day, fall fashion, and the nook of her hometown in Massachusetts. Ask her anything!

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