The fashion publication’s global editor-at-large made headlines after attending the debut of West’s YZY SZN 9 show in Paris on Monday. After the show, she took to social media to critique the rapper’s incorporation of “White Lives Matter” shirts in the collection. West was also wearing one himself.
Karefa-Johnson called the use of the slogan “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous” in an Instagram Story, adding, “As we all work through the trauma of this moment, especially those of us who suffered in that room, let’s have some grace for one another.”
West followed her remarks with posts on his own page mocking Karefa-Johnson’s appearance. Although they’ve since been deleted, the editor herself shared that the commentary on her looks hasn’t stopped.
“I’ve fielded some serious volatility over the last couple days but nothing has been quite as bad as what people have said about my body and the way I look. The fat phobia JUMPED out,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself during Paris Fashion Week. “Yes, I am fat. No, I am not humiliated to show up as my authentic self in the world.”
While West tried to undermine Karefa-Johnson’s authority as an industry expert by mocking her style and captioning one of his since-deleted posts “This is not a fashion person,” plenty of people came to her defense. Model Gigi Hadid also responded to a screenshot of a text conversation that West postedcalling him “a bully and a joke.”
On Tuesday, Vogue posted support for Karefa-Johnson, acknowledging that she was “personally targeted and bullied” by West.
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