The model, who lost her leg from toxic shock syndrome, calls out Jenner
Wasser recreated Jenner’s photo, down to the gold wheelchair, black strapless top and choker necklace. The major difference – Wasser is actually disabled, with a prosthetic leg. And she added a massive pile of Kardashian/Jenner-featured tabloids as a foot rest for good measure.
Wasser captioned the Instagram with a simple “real life.”
Fellow wheelchair users also posted their own versions of Jenner’s pose on Tumblr. Annie Elainey recreated the shot, adding, “So where are OUR magazine covers?”
https://secure.assets.tumblr.com/post.js “For me, the most ignorant part about this shoot was that it was about how she was “bound” to fame, “limited” by fame,” Elainey writes. “A wheelchair is FREEDOM, not imprisonment. SOCIETY and it’s lack of care for access is what limits me, NOT the chair.”
Erin Tatum posted her own version as well, writing, “I can barely get people to make eye contact with me, let alone land a cover shoot. If being in a wheelchair is trendy now, I’ve apparently been a trendsetter since before Kylie was born.”
https://secure.assets.tumblr.com/post.js Jenner came under fire last week for posing in a wheelchair, which critics say diminishes those cannot walk without one.
“It’s disappointing to see people fall back on the tired and totally untrue idea that being in a wheelchair is limiting. I think most wheelchair users, myself included, would tell you that our wheelchairs are empowering and enable us to fully live our lives,” Ian Ruder, senior editor of New Mobility, the member publication of United Spinal Association, told PEOPLE.
Interview responded to the controversy, emphasizing that the shoot was meant to be artistic, not offensive.
“At Interview, we are proud of our tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realize 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,” Interview said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Wasser, 27, lost her leg in 2012 as a result of toxic shock syndrome, which she allegedly contracted from using a tampon. She’s now suing the manufacturer of Kotex Natural Balance, the type of tampons she used. Wasser spoke to PEOPLE in June about why she’ll never use a tampon again.
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“This is not just about me. It’s about the future, and it’s about these young girls that use tampons all the time,” she said. “If people see the pain I’ve had to go through, maybe they’ll be more cautious and they’ll use pads, stop sleeping in them and just take care of themselves more.”
“I feel like I’m here for a purpose,” Wasser said. “I want to show that this doesn’t define who I am. I’m still who I’ve always been and I still have a big heart and I still have a life to live. This has given me even more of a fight.”