Karlie Kloss is currently catching heat for a new voting-themed photo shoot.
On Monday, the supermodel posted photos of herself wearing a pair of $700 Stuart Weitzman boots emblazoned with the word "VOTE" on them. And while her intention was to encourage civic engagement, it didn't take long for her to be called out given her personal ties to the Trump administration.
After all, Karlie has been married to Joshua Kushner since 2018, whose brother Jared is Donald Trump's personal advisor and son-in-law. And though the Kloss-Kushners have said that they never voted for Trump — and Karlie has appeared at a campaign event for Joe Biden — their tenuous connection to the president has always been a source of intense scrutiny.
These boots were made for voting pic.twitter.com/Ww7xalbEhQ— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) September 23, 2020
Needless to say, Karlie's photos were quickly panned as a lukewarm gesture by critics who chided her for marrying "into a proto fascist family and just never [bringing] it up."
imagine thinking you can marry into a proto fascist family and just never bring it up— homo cum laude (@daveewave) September 23, 2020
"Anyways what's your husbands last name?," as one Twitter user said, while another commenter tweeted, "Funny that you don't pick a side."
"You could just ask your brother/sister in law to do something to help the thousands of people dying," they continued. "But maybe also vocalize that people should vote them out?"
anyways what’s your husbands last name?— the ethical goomah (@doinkpatrol) September 23, 2020
Funny that you don’t pick a side, you could just ask your brother/sister in law to do something to help the thousands of people dying, but maybe also vocalize that people should vote them out?— Taryn Leigh (@Sunnnysnowflake) September 23, 2020
Meanwhile, others like cracked similar jokes about the pics, writing things like, "Ahhh yes from none other than miss Karlie Kloss Kushner, whose initials are most pleasing to her husband's family," alongside references to that infamous Project Runway moment.
ahhh yes from none other than miss Karlie Kloss Kushner, whose initials are most pleasing to her husband’s family https://t.co/7FfTuJPHGH— sneeki minaj (@_jon_snapple) September 23, 2020
Maybe you can wear them for a dinner with the Kushners?— Jeff (@jjs2224) September 23, 2020
Karlie, however, has yet to respond to the backlash. In the meantime though, see what else people are saying about her photos, below.
“for Trump” she whispered as she pressed ‘Tweet’ a twinkle in her eye. https://t.co/b5YZAQFHVL— Former Broadway Playwright Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) September 23, 2020
not karlie kloss of all people telling her followers to vote pic.twitter.com/R8UxPFHHxk— miss btrd (@ladybturd) September 23, 2020
Sis, the call is coming from *inside* the house https://t.co/RoebKhQfk4— Simon Curtis (@simoncurtis) September 23, 2020
Unless they gonna vote for your husband’s family. In that case they can stay tf home— guardian of the pussy (@afrizox) September 23, 2020
It’s shameful how you use this as a trend because this is blatantly performative activism. Enjoy that dinner on the Kushner table.— Lourdes (@caledoskopio) September 23, 2020
Correction: This article has been updated to include a note about Karlie Kloss's recent appearance at a campaign event for Joe Biden.
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