Ashley Graham Responds to Kendall Jenner's 'Unfortunate' Pepsi Ad
"My team would have nipped it in the bud," the model tells Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live!
It’s been three months since Kendall Jenner and Pepsi were entangled in a media firestorm for their controversial ad together. The commercial featured Kendall joining a protest, aiming to alleviate tension by handing a policeman a Pepsi. Many came out calling it tone-deaf, and shortly after, the ad was pulled. While the backlash has passed, Ashley Graham was asked about it on Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, bringing the contentious TV spot back into conversation.
During the show, a caller asked Graham what she would have done if she was in Kendall’s position. Her response, although not negative toward the supermodel, did seem to throw some shade at her players behind the scenes. “My team probably would have nipped it in the bud before anything happened,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that that happened, but hey, she’s moving forward.”
Graham continued to say how surprised she was that no one from the crew had anything to say about the theme of the ad. “I was very shocked,” Graham said to Cohen. “I was very surprised that no one said, ‘Hey, this looks like a bad idea right here.’”
Last month, Kendall’s sister, Kim Kardashian West, came to her defense on another episode of WWHL. When asked about the controversy, she reiterated how badly Kendall felt. “She felt really awful for it,” she told Cohen. “She just wants to move on from it…I think any time someone does anything they don’t have bad intentions—especially Kendall, who’s so sensitive. She would never mean for anyone to perceive anything in a negative way.”
Kendall has since continued to focus on her career and her family. She was just out celebrating her big sister Khloé’s birthday party and has plenty of projects coming her way. She recently joined the Adidas family as the brand’s newest ambassador.
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