Kendall and Kylie have released an apology after their latest 'vintage' T-shirt line, featuring images of the reality stars super-imposed upon pictures of legendary musicians like Notorious BIG and Tupac.
When promotional materials for the t-shirts - which were set to retail at $125 on kendall-kylie.com - were released online, they were immediately met with outrage, with social media users claiming that the Jenner sisters were seeking to make a profit from the images of late music stars.
The mother of Biggie, Voletta Wallace, shared an Instagram post slamming the designs, revealing that neither Kendall, Kylie nor anyone connected with their brand had reached out to consult her over the use of her late son's image.
'I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this. The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful, disgusting and exploitation at its worst!' she wrote.
In response to criticism, the sisters pulled the line from their website, issuing an apology to 'anyone that has been upset and / or offended.'
Posted on Kendall's Twitter account, the message read: 'These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and / or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in any way.'
'The tee shirts [sic] have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.'
It's not the first time that Kendall has found herself embroiled in a high-profile controversy this year. Back in April, the model sparked a major row when she appeared in a mis-judged advert for Pepsi, which appeared to trivialise activism and co-opt the imagery of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The clip, which was almost immediately pulled by the soft drinks giant, showed Kendall diffusing a conflict between police and protesters by handing an officer a can of Pepsi.
'Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize,' a company spokesperson said in an official statement. 'We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.'