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PETA defends the polarization of Kylie Jenner’s lion dress
Calm down people, it’s fake.
While Kylie Jenner’s wild styling for Monday’s Schiaparelli Haute Couture show – a black velvet gown topped with a giant, lifelike lion head – may have seemed PETA’s worst nightmare at first glance, the animal rights organization is totally on board.
In a statement shared with Page Six Style, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk called the “3D animal heads” from Schiaparelli’s collection, none of which featured real fur or leather, “fabulously innovative.”
“Kylie, Naomi and Irina’s look celebrates the beauty of wild animals and can be a counter to trophy hunting, where lions and wolves are torn apart to satisfy human egotism,” Newkirk said.
In addition to Jenner’s lion-inspired version, Schiaparelli’s spring 2023 couture collection also featured outfits with realistic leopard and wolf heads, respectively modeled after Shalom Harlow and Naomi Campbell – a nod to the three beasts from Dante’s Inferno.
“We encourage everyone to stick to 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering,” Newkirk concluded, urging Jenner and other celebrities to “extend that creativity to exclude sheep sheared to blood to wool and silkworms cooked alive in their cocoons.”
While Jenner, 25, made sure the lion’s head was ‘fake’ and ‘fake’ in his Instagram post showing off the outfit did not stop commentators from mass criticism of couture creations.
“Animals are not trophies,” one wrote, while another added: “As an African, I feel very offended. The implication is quite disturbing.”
Others have described the band as “a scary sight”, “creepy”, “ridiculous” and “bad, bad, bad”.
paired with posts on Instagram to the account of the fashion house Schiaparelli defended his projects amidst the uproar, noting that the animal heads featured in the series were made of “hand carved foam [and] wool and silk faux fur and hand-painted to look as realistic as possible, celebrating the glory of the natural world.”
Both captions ended with the same capitalized disclaimer: “NO ANIMALS were harmed in the making of this look.”