Kylie Jenner is clearing up the “false narrative that I’ve asked fans for money” after she was criticized for encouraging her followers to donate to a makeup artist’s GoFundMe.
The 23-year-old entrepreneur drew backlash over the weekend after seeking donations for makeup artist Samuel Rauda’s medical expenses. Following Rauda’s car accident last weekend, Jenner posted a request for her fans to contribute and gave $5,000 to the cause herself, according to Britain’s The Sun, which featured a screenshot of the Instagram story.
“May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel,” Jenner posted with a black-and-white photo of Rauda. “Everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his families go fund me.”
Social media critics decried the Kylie Cosmetics founder – the highest-paid celebrity of 2020, according to Forbes, with an estimated net worth of $900 million – for asking fans for money.
Jenner took to Instagram Monday to defend herself, clarifying that Rauda “isn’t my makeup artist and unfortunately we don’t have a personal relationship anymore.”
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“I saw my current makeup artist and friend Ariel post about Sam’s accident and his family’s gofundme… it compelled me to visit his gofundme which was set at 10K,” Jenner wrote. “They had already raised 6k so I put it in 5k to reach their original goal.”
Jenner said she shared the fundraising campaign “on my stories to gain more awareness if anyone also felt compelled to share or donate,” adding that she does “things from the heart and I try to be helpful whenever I can be.”
“I don’t know how all of this got so twisted but his family has reached out through Ariel and are very appreciative,” she said.
USA TODAY has reached out to Jenner’s representative for comment.
Kylie Jenner donated just $5,000 to the cause. The Kylie Cosmetics founder’s net worth is around $900 million, according to Forbes.
Twitter users still have thoughts about Jenner’s GoFundMe fundraiser request.
“The fact that kylie jenner has the audacity to ask for donations for her friends/makeup artists emergency surgery (60,000) while she’s worth a whole BILLION is very character telling,” wrote Twitter user @ninamazx. “I’m so embarrassed for her.”
the fact that kylie jenner has the audacity to ask for donations for her friends/makeup artists emergency surgery (60,000) while shes worth a whole BILLION is very character telling ahahahahahaahahahahaha im so embarrassed for her
— 🦋 nina 🦋 (@ninamazx) March 20, 2021
“Kylie Jenner bought her toddler a $15,000 handbag but is asking her fans for money,” wrote another Twitter critic, @kaitlynsaloser.
“Kylie Jenner really asked us for money like we made the Forbes list,” wrote incredulous Twitter user @xoraveen.
“Her makeup artist apparently needs $60k. Kylie Jenner paying that would be like someone with $100k net worth sparing $6.72 to pay off a friend’s medical bills,” writer Charlotte Clymer said on Twitter. “In other words, paying off her friend’s medical bills would be like a buying a premium latte for Jenner.”
Of the $5,000 donation, Clymer added, “Her net worth is $900M. So, that’s 0.000006% of her net worth. If your net worth were, say, $100k, it would be like donating 56 cents.”
Her makeup artist apparently needs $60k. Kylie Jenner paying that would be like someone with $100k net worth sparing $6.72 to pay off a friend’s medical bills.
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) March 21, 2021
Despite the backlash, and with a push from the extra publicity around the trending criticism, Rauda’s expense fund surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $10,000. The GoFundMe page is currently close to $100,000 with a revised $120,000 goal.
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