Kendall and Kylie Jenner's 'disrespectful' T-shirts under fire

  • 30/06/2017
Kendall and Kylie Jenner model the criticised vintage T-shirts.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner model the criticised vintage T-shirts. Photo credit: KENDALL + KYLIE COLLECTION

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been forced to apologise after their new T-shirt collection was criticised for disrespecting music icons.

As part of their fashion brand Kendall + Kylie, the shirts feature the sisters' faces superimposed on music legends, including slain rappers Christopher 'Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace and Tupac Shakur, and rockers Ozzy Osbourne, The Doors and Pink Floyd.

Notorious B.I.G.'s mother Voletta Wallace posted to Instagram that her son's estate had not authorised the use of his likeness on the vintage range.

"The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me," Wallace's post stated.

"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!!!"

The faux-vintage shirts were removed from the online store as the backlash grew. Tweets by Kendall and Kylie promoting the US $125 shirts have also been deleted.

A statement from the sisters said the designs "were not well thought out".

"We deeply apologise to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists," the statement read. 

The items appeared to be selling well online before they disappeared from the site. T-shirts featuring Metallica, Pink Floyd and The Doors were low in stock.

Sharon Osbourne, wife of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy, told the sisters to "stick to what you know … lip gloss."