Kat Von D is making no aplologies.
After Kat Von D released a new shade of lipstick in her collection called “Underage Red”, there was a tremendous outcry from the public about the insinuation she might be making with the name.
Critics of the name slammed Kat Von D for sexualizing kids and even promoting promiscuous behavior.
The tattooed and super successful entrepreneur has never been one to back away from a fight, so she chose instead to defend herself and her right to name a lipstick shade whatever she wants to.
In a Facebook post earlier this week, Kat Von D explained the origin of the name, but made no apologies.
In part of that post, Kat Von D stated, “It has NEVER been a goal of mine to inspire sexualization of any sort, let alone promote a destructive lifestyle. Anyone who knows or follows me, is very aware of my personal lifestyle choices which include celibacy, sobriety, conscious living and [above feminism], human rights.”
She continued, “Although, I would never force my views and opinions onto others, I most definitely find it offensive being accused of the opposite.”
And at the end, Kat Von D makes one thing clear, saying, “So, NO. I refuse to sacrifice my integrity and creative freedom. NO. I will not be pulling ‘Underage Red’ from my collection. And NO. This is not an apology.”
This is not the first time that Kat Von D has been under fire for the name of one of her lipsticks. In 2013, a shade called “Celebutard” was removed from store shelves after complaints were made.
Kim Stagliano, managing editor at Age of Autism, in the HuffPost Style blog, said at the time, “People with disabilities are the last to benefit from what some might call ‘political correctness,’ and what I would call basic human decency.”
She added, “Retard is still bandied about.”
What do you think about Kat Von D’s shade of “Underage Red”? Do you find it offensive or suggestive?