A Kansas makeup artist Gypsy Freeman says she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was later disqualified because of an Instagram post supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. Why? Because, and only because, she posted on Instagram, without comment, a “Trump for President” 2016 graphic on Election Day last year.
The winner and her guest would be flown to California to attend the launch party of a new makeup line. But after Kat Von D discovered she was a Trump supporter they disqualified her. 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 included a $500 gift card to Sephora, was $2,100. An Instagram post showing support for President Donald Trump apparently disqualified a local makeup artist from a national contest.
Gypsy Freeman, who splits time between Wichita and Florida, last month was declared the winner of an Instagram contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty, according to screenshots taken by Freeman. To enter, Freeman submitted an Instagram image of an angelic figure beside a girl in an all-black outfit and thick mascara.
When Freeman was announced as the winner, curious Instagrammers went to her page and found a pro-Trump post from Election Day last year. That evening, she received a direct message from Kat Von D’s personal Instagram account, telling her the celebrity had “drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man,” according to screenshots of the conversation.
“My launch party [and my brand] celebrates many things that Trump is against,” the celebrity went on to say, according to the screenshots. “And I just need you to know that I personally have a hard time with inviting anyone who would support such an anti-feminist, anti-homosexual/LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-climate change fascist such as Trump.”
Freeman – who does fashion editorial, styling and a variety of bridal work – said she has used Kat Von D Beauty products in her makeup kit for years, though she will likely stop doing so. She said she plans to contact Sephora, which sells the product line, about the incident as well.
“It’s definitely bigotry – it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing,” she said. “It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.”
@katvondbeauty @mercyhanna_15 #SaintandSinner #KVDContest Photography and water/milkbath concept @jennbischof Model @numinous.model MUAH/wardrobe @facesofgypsy #kvdcontest Foundation @temptu As Hamlet said to Ophelia, ”God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” The battle between these two halves of identity…Who we are and who we pretend to be, is unwinnable. “Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside. A duality governed by the balance of light and darkness, within each of us is the capacity for both good and evil. But those who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power. -Emily Thorne
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.
‘It’s definitely bigotry – it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing,’ Freeman added. ‘It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.’
All evidence of the contest’s existence has since been deleted from the brand’s Instagram account and website, though the contest rules are available in a cached version of the site. The rules state that any legal U.S. resident 18 or older was eligible to win and could enter by submitting a “Saint and Sinner inspired” makeup look.