CONTEST WINNER DISQUALIFIED OVER TRUMP SUPPORT
A Kansas makeup artist said she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was disqualified later because of an Instagram post supporting president Donald Trump.
Screenshots taken by Gypsy Freeman show she was declared the winner last month of an Instagram “Saint + Sinner Contest” sponsored by the makeup line, which was founded by tattoo artist and former reality show star Kat Von D.
Freeman’s entry was an Instagram image of an angelic figure beside a girl in an all-black outfit and thick mascara. The winner and a guest were to be flown to Los Angeles to attend the launch party for a new Von D makeup line, with a $500 gift card to Sephora thrown in.
But curious Instagram users found Freeman’s pro-Trump post from November.
Von D messaged Freeman to say she had “drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man,” according to screenshots of the conversation.
Freeman, who splits her time between Wichita and Florida, said she thinks it’s unfortunate that politics was brought into the contest. “Part of the great thing about this country is having freedom of speech,” she said. —AP ●●●