Kylie Jenner Donates $1M to Australia Relief Effort amid Scrutiny of Social Media Post
The Kylie Cosmetics mogul faced backlash after wearing mink fur slippers amid the deadly fires in Australia, which have taken the lives of at least half a billion animals
Kylie Jenner is donating $1 million to various relief efforts in Australia amid the devastating bushfires, PEOPLE exclusively confirms. The star’s generous donation comes after she faced backlash for posting a photo wearing Louis Vuitton mink fur slippers on social media, just after raising awareness about the rising death toll of animals in Southern Australia via her Instagram stories.
But the Kylie Cosmetics mogul, 22, wants to do whatever she can to help Australia, a source tells PEOPLE.
“That post was completely unintentional,” the insider says. “Kylie stands behind her desire to want to help provide relief towards the devastation the fires have caused.”
Jenner’s donation comes shortly after after older sister Kim Kardashian West, 39, clapped back at a fan who accused her family of not donating to the Australian wildfires relief efforts on Twitter Sunday night.
In the original since-deleted tweet that tagged Kardashian West along with sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie, the fan wrote: “Nothing gets me more heated than to see the Kardashians/Jenners talk about climate change/wildfires & not donate even a penny.”
Kardashian West replied by saying that just because they haven’t spoken out about making donations, doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their part.
“Nothing gets me more heated than to see people think they know what we donated to and to think we have to publicize everything,” Kardashian West tweeted.
Jenner joins a growing list of celebrities who have pledged to help, including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Pink, Celeste Barber and Chris Hemsworth.
Tragically, as of Monday, at least 25 people had died as a result of the ongoing crisis, and experts say that the fires will go on for months, NPR reported.
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