by Agape Charmani
Yes it did. Or maybe it didn’t. Either way it’s Interview Magazine and we wouldn’t be expecting anything less.
The December/January issue is one of Interview’s most controversial yet. Photographed by Steven Klein, the cover image shows reality-TV star Kylie Jenner in a golden wheelchair. Her emotionless face, heavy make-up and leather bodysuit add to the bizarreness of the cover. The header, The Surreal Life: The Art Issue Starring Kylie Jenner adds to the drollery of both the concept and the content of the feature.
The photos inside the magazine show Jenner in BDSM style, bearing her ass or pose as a sex doll. Inspired by the -also, controversial works of Allen Jones, Kylie models like the object she sees her public self to be. “People want to see my cars and my purses. People love fashion. But that’s so not me,” she tells the magazine. So she becomes somebody else, she experiments and she enjoys herself, dressing up as the most insulting thing a woman could dress up as; a sex doll.
She further explains how cutting and dying her hair made her feel free and independent. I guess she took another step towards female emancipation by dressing up as a sex object.
And even though it is offensive to be dressed like an Allen Jones artwork, let alone a sex doll, posing in a wheelchair is simply wrong. As provocative and innovative we love and need Interview Magazine to be, we also need it to lead the way when it comes to role models. People in wheelchairs don’t want to see a Kardashian-Jenner using a wheelchair as a fashion statement. People in wheelchairs would like to see people in wheelchairs embracing their sexuality instead of celebrities sexualizing wheelchairs. As twitter user perfectly stated, “I’m constantly infantilized because of my wheelchair, denied even the idea of sexuality and agency let alone desirability. But Kylie? But when Kylie sits in a wheelchair, she’s edgy and sexy. Whereas actual wheelchair-using models have to fight to find work.”