For someone aged just twenty-two, there’s no denying Kylie Jenner has achieved a lot. She’s the star of one of the longest-running and most successful reality television shows of all time, owner of a hugely successful beauty empire, and has even helmed a popular clothing line. While many still see her as the youngest of the Kardashian gang, it’s clear she’s so much more.
But now the star has landed herself in hot water with fans, who are accusing her of refusing to pay her workers.
This is one of her biggest scandals yet. Keep scrolling to find out why people are so furious…
They’re more than just a group of sisters – they’re a business empire. Each of them had multiple successful ventures and they’re among the most recognizable faces of the moment.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been running since 2007, making it almost twelve years old. It’s one of the most viewed reality TV phenomena of all time.
But she’s grown up into a super successful girl boss, and stepped out of the shadow of her elder sisters.
Kylie has grown from being a fan favorite on the show to a social media queen and entrepreneurial businesswoman.
She has over 128 million followers on the app, and until the egg-related drama, was the proud record holder for the most-liked pic of all time.
She had a baby girl with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, in February of 2018. In one of the most impressive publicity stunts of all time, she managed to keep her pregnancy secret until the birth of Stormi Webster.
But what she’s proven to be the most lucrative source for her is the cosmetics industry.
Kylie first dipped her toe in the world with some lip products in 2015. Since then, the business has boomed.
Kylie has cleverly expanded her product range from just lips to makeup for the whole face. It seems every product she launches seems destined to be a smash hit.
In a piece about young women billionaires, Forbes claimed Kylie was set to become the most successful young businessperson in the world, valuing her cosmetics empire at a whopping $900 million.
Some fans set up a donation page for Kylie, trying to speed up her ascent into billionaire territory and knock Mark Zuckerberg off his throne.
The real-life availability of the products led to a pick up in sales, plus helped many customers discover the products for the first time.
Because last year Forbes announced in the annual list of billionaires that Kylie has made the cut. She’s the youngest person ever to do so.
Before she made the cut, the youngest ever addition to the billionaire list was Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder hit the huge milestone when he was twenty-three.
Many see the sheer existence of billionaires as a failure of the system of capitalism – especially when many live in a state of constant worry about money.
Many quibbled with the “self-made” status of Kylie’s fortune. It’s certainly true that if she wasn’t a member of the world’s most famous family, it’s unlikely she’d have made the Forbes list.
Kylie was born into money, meaning investing in her business was never a source of stress. She also managed to turn her reality TV roots into a homemade marketing campaign for her products.
All it means is that she created the company, and didn’t inherit it after it was already turning a profit. In that case, the description perfectly fits Kylie Cosmetics – the clue’s in the name!
After the multi-millionaire sold 51% of her business to beauty giant Coty in a deal valued at $1.2 billion, Forbes revealed some very important information.
Forbes revealed this: “One of the greatest celebrity cashouts of all time, the transaction seemed to confirm what Kylie had been saying all along and what Forbes had declared in March 2019: that Kylie Jenner was, indeed, a billionaire—at least before [the pandemic].”
“Kylie’s business is significantly smaller and less profitable than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe.”
And so her status has now dropped to $900 million, which, for any woman in her twenties is still a pretty great achievement.
Regardless, there’s no doubt she’s built an empire.
And not just in the beauty and skincare industries, either.
Kylie and her supermodel sister Kendall have a popular fashion line named Kendall + Kylie.
The clothes are available at a wide variety of popular retailers including Nordstrom, ASOS, Macy’s, and even Amazon.
This is where things start to quite problematic…
Their fashion line is owned by Global Brands Group who’ve drawn in controversy after refusing to pay its garment suppliers for orders produced in February and March due to the pandemic.
“Given the unpredictability of the situation, our retail partners have canceled orders, and existing inventory and product in production may have no sell-through. Consequently, we have no choice but to make the difficult decision to cancel all S/S 2020 orders from all suppliers (without liability).”
However, non-profit organization, “Remake,” is lobbying to hold these brands, and the celebrities who profit from them, accountable for this.
And it demanded brands to honor their contracts and continue to pay their workers.
Under a tweet Kylie recently posted about a new line of masks on her beauty website, one user replied: “You have billions but you are refusing to pay poor women who make your clothing for minimum wage in Bangladesh. Hope you are taking notice.”
“Our fashion is brought to life by human hands, most of which belong to black and brown women who work 10-12 hour days and live paycheck to paycheck. [The pandemic] has attacked both her life and her livelihood,” the organization writes on its website.
“Many live in crowded urban dwellings and take congested transportation to get to work. Facing dwindling orders, many factories around the world opened up this month, forcing garment makers to come back to work despite rising infection rates.”
And of course, many are calling out Kylie, among others, demanding them to open their wallets.
After all, it’s these celebrities who are benefiting off these workers.
You can sign the #payup petition here.
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