Kendall and Kylie Jenner have sparked outrage with their latest business venture. The E! reality star sisters are selling vintage t-shirts under their brand but have superimposed their faces over iconic musicians like Tupac Shakur, Metallica, Notorious B.I.G. and Kiss, angering fans of the artists.
On the Kendall and Kylie website, a range of tees are selling for $125 (£96) with many almost sold-out and low in stock. The Metallica tees feature the band's logo but are mostly covered with a graphic of Kylie's Instagram while the Tupac tops now come with a graphic of the teen wearing a bikini while posing seductively in a pool, instead of the original image of the rapper.
Other t-shirts, branded with The Doors and Led Zeppelin, feature large portrait shots of the sisters or their first-name initials, "KK", splashed across the front.
Accusing Kendall, 21, and Kylie, 19, of "disrespecting" the legendary status of the rock bands and hip hop icons, one commented on Instagram: "NNNNNOOOOOOO, THE AUDACITY they must really be airheads to think replacing icons on shirts isn't disrespectful OMG someone check em," while another passionately agreed: "You're both disgusting these artists are icons and you plastered your narcissistic faces over them in attempts to rip off your fans and force them to pay 10x what they should for some disrespectful t shirts. Don't you have enough money?"
Another shocked critic weighed in: "This has to be a joke? How did Kiss approve their artwork to be used in such a tacky and disrespectful way?" while one slammed the high price, adding: "Me too I couldn't stop talking about it I was so upset! The fact that they are selling it over $100 just because her face is on it is unbelievable, its upsetting that people are actually buying it and almost out of stock."
Questioning the Jenner sisters' musical knowledge, one hit out: "You've defaced an amazing bands shirt with your crap . Seriously do you even know a single KISS song??" Others wondered if Kendall and Kylie came up with the idea themselves and whether the bands are profiting from the t-shirt sales.
An Instagram follower said: "Do the bands on these tees get a profit from these sales? I mean...c'mon with all the money these girls make you'd think they'd hire people with original ideas, and plastering your faces on top of legends!?!? Wow," while another co-signed: "Just curious did y'all come up with this own stupid design are did u actually ignorantly pay somebody to come up with the idea to put your faces upon icons who your not."
Kendall and Kylie have not responded to the backlash but it is not the first time the pair have come under fire over their fashion line. In February, designer Jasper Cunningham claimed the sisters had copied one of his t-shirts that bears the slogan "The American Dream 1931" in Arial font.