CON­TEST WIN­NER DIS­QUAL­I­FIED OVER TRUMP SUP­PORT

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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 ●●●

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