What were incredible sales and revenue numbers from this former celebrity turned reality star turned celebrity for her line have crashed and burned in the past week to the point where the celebrity is going to have to start walking back some comments she made or risk losing it all.
Kat Von D
Kat Von D’s an Anti-Vaxxer — Will It Sink Her Brand?
Kat Von D has always been a personal provocateur, but last week she made a statement that is potentially more serious for her beauty brand than, say, disinviting a Trump supporter from a launch party, a thing she has also done. She is not afraid to be polarizing.
Just days after her wedding last week to Prayers singer Rafael Reyes, with whom she is expecting a baby, she announced in a long post on her personal Instagram that she would be ditching her doctor and having a home water birth with a midwife and doula. Von D, a longtime and outspoken vegan, said she will also raise the child vegan. Both are decisions that only potentially affect her and her family. But at the end of the long post, she tossed in the phrase “without vaccinations.” Cue her latest controversy.
I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X
Some high-profile people in the industry have come out against Von D’s vaccine statement. Respected beauty blogger Christine Mielke of Temptalia didn’t name names but posted a series of tweets about vaccines, along with a link to the Gates Foundation vaccination initiative. She wrote pointedly: “Fans encouraging you to read & research further isn’t hate, by the by, especially when they’re linking to said research!” Caroline Hirons, a UK-based blogger who is also highly respected in the industry, posted a blistering Instagram message to Von D. Hirons’s son had been diagnosed with mumps and almost died when he was 23.
Reddit forums have also lit up with the debate, with one subreddit keeping a running tally of which influencers are supporting Von D and which came out in support of vaccines. Von D’s Instagram post has almost 78,000 comments. Many have condemned her statement, but quite a few have expressed support for her stance on vaccinations, which is concerning. – Source