Kylie Jenner is facing mounting backlash after asking her fans to donate to her make-up artist’s GoFundMe page, with many arguing she can afford to pay the $60,000 (£43,000) herself.
The Kylie Cosmetics mogul, who was previously said to be a billionaire, posted a photo of her MUA Samuel Rauda in her Instagram stories last week hoping to raise funds towards his medical expenses.
Rauda got into a car accident earlier this month and needs life-saving brain surgery.
Kylie, 23, shared a link to the GoFundMe page set by by the make-up artist’s family and wrote: ‘May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel.
‘Everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his families’ go fund me.’
The campaign originally had a target of $60,000 and a person using the name ‘kyliejenner’ is reported to have donated $5,000 (£3,600).
It has since raised almost $100,000 (£72,000) and now has a target of $120,000 (£87,000).
Although Kylie had good intentions, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been criticised for asking her young fans to pay for Rauda’s treatment when she could seemingly afford to cover the costs entirely.
One Twitter user commented: ‘Kylie Jenner, net worth 900M, is doing a GoFundMe (60K) for her stylists emergency surgery after a road wreck, and only donated 5k. I mean, this is absolutely fn disgusting. No one is coming to save us. Certainly not the 1%.’
Another fumed: ‘Anyone who donates to Kylie Jenner’s go fund me is f*****g stupid cause I know damn well she has 60k chillin in her bank account. Did she not think this thru? Is she not embarrassed? How is a billionaire not able to pay for her makeup artist’s emergency brain surgery???’
One critic weighed in: ‘Kylie Jenner, who makes $19K/hr asking for $$$ from her fans to help her make up artist pay for a $60,000 surgery, is an excellent example of why we need universal healthcare. Even billionaire employers like Kylie and Walmart aren’t willing to pay for their employees’ healthcare.’
Another added: ‘It’s not even about the fact that she won’t pay for the surgery herself. Every single last one of Kylie Jenner’s sisters is a millionaire. Her parents are millionaires. Her friends are millionaires. But she asked the middle class for money. This family.’
In 2019, Forbes named Kylie as the youngest self-made billionaire thanks to the huge success of her Kylie Cosmetics brand.
However, the publication sensationally stripped the reality star of her billionaire title last year, accusing her of lying about her sizable wealth and successful business, and ‘creating tax returns that were likely forged’.
They then estimated her net worth to be around the $900million (£650m) mark.
Kylie slammed these allegations and said they were making ‘inaccurate statements’.