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Disabled Woman Recreates Kylie Jenner’s Controversial Wheelchair Shot

Image: Interview Magazine

Image: Interview Magazine

Kylie Jenner’s controversial wheelchair shot for Interview hasn’t quickly been forgotten like other Kardashian-Jenner news, with many still up in arms and banding together over the editorial’s ableism, that is discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.

Erin Tatum, who lives with cerebral palsy, is one woman showcasing how appropriated images like Kylie’s can take their toll on the disabled community, sharing a now-viral image of herself in a wheelchair, dressed like Kylie for maximum effect. 

“I tried my best to create a more authentic version of Kylie Jenner’s Interview cover, given that I’m, you know, actually disabled and a real life wheelchair user,” Erin wrote on the Tumblr post which has now amassed over 120,000 notes.

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“I can barely get people to make eye contact with me, let alone land a cover shoot,” she continued. “If being in a wheelchair is trendy now, I’ve apparently been a trendsetter since before Kylie was born.”

Erin’s choice to wear the same leather-clad outfit as Kylie and position her image comparatively next to hers makes a powerful statement, explaining why it isn’t appropriate to use one’s necessity as another’s fashion prop.