Here’s what PETA said about Kylie Jenner’s lion headpiece

Here’s what PETA said about Kylie Jenner’s lion headpiece

Here’s what PETA said about Kylie Jenner’s lion headpiece

Reality star Kylie Jenner caused a stir on Monday with a furry haute couture look that even earned PETA’s seal of approval.

The “Kardashians” personality attended the Schiaparelli Spring/Summer ’23 runway show in Paris wearing a custom gown designed by Schiaparelli’s Creative Director Daniel Roseberry. But unlike regular black dresses, Jenner’s had a wild twist: a lifelike lion’s head, mane and all, pinned to the right shoulder.

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. thank you @danielroseberry and @schiaparelli for this special morning,” Jenner said on Instagram Monday beautiful”

The cosmetics mogul’s lion-laden ensemble was just one example of the animal looks Schiaparelli touted as part of his Inferno Couture line.

On Monday’s runway, Naomi Campbell sported a furry coat with a black wolf’s head on her shoulder, while Shalom Harlow sported a leopard print dress with a realistic leopard on her chest baring its teeth.

For these outfits, Schiaparelli wanted to make one thing clear, saying in a press release, “No animals were harmed in the making of this look.”

Instead of severed animal heads with real fur, the eye-catching accessories are made from hand-formed faux fur made from foam, wool and silk. They were hand-painted to look as lifelike as possible and to “celebrate the glory of the natural world,” Schiaparelli said in the press release.

Even PETA, which has long opposed the use of real fur and leather in the fashion industry, was a fan.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of the animal rights group, told TMZ Monday that Jenner’s look “celebrates the beauty of lions and is possibly a statement against trophy hunting, where lion families are torn apart to gratify human selfishness.”

She continued, “These fabulously innovative three-dimensional animal heads show that where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Some Instagram users disagreed.

“I’m sorry, but that’s a no for me. Fake or not, it encourages animal cruelty,” one user commented on an Instagram post by Schiaparelli.

“The only thing that glorifies that is killing these animals, even if it’s fake. The lion, cheetah and wolf literally appear to look like they were killed and used for clothing,” wrote a second user. “How does this celebrate the glory of the natural world? Make it meaningful.”

According to Schiaparelli, the realistic animal heads were a nod to Dante’s “Inferno,” with each animal representing a different vice.

In addition to the animal looks, Schiaparelli’s latest line of artful luxury clothing included sculptural dresses with exaggerated features and gilded accessories.

“Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso: one cannot exist without the other,” Schiaparelli said in an Instagram video showing his runway show. “It is a reminder that there is no heaven without hell; there is no joy without sorrow; there is no ecstasy of creation without the torment of doubt.”

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