“Self-made billionaire” Kylie Jenner has been slammed for urging her fans to help pay for a close friend’s medical expenses.
Kylie Jenner has sparked outrage on Twitter after encouraging fans to contribute to an online fundraiser for celebrity makeup artist Samuel Rauda, who was involved in a serious incident and underwent surgery last week.
Jenner, 23, who has worked with Rauda, had recently promoted a GoFundMe page dedicated to funding his medical expenses on her Instagram story, telling her 222 million followers: “Swipe up to visit his families [sic] go fund me,” according to The Sun.
The request didn’t sit well with fans, who noted Jenner could have potentially funded the costs as she has an estimated net worth of just under $US900 million ($A1.1 billion).
She owns 13 Birkin bags and 10 Kelly bags, one of which is worth $80,000.
“Why is Kylie Jenner asking for donations to fund her makeup artist’s surgery when she’s a billionaire,” one user tweeted.
“If I was as rich as Kylie Jenner I simply wouldn’t ask ppl on the internet to donate for my best friend’s brain surgery but we all built different I guess!” another posted.
“How come Kylie Jenner isn’t paying her makeup artist enough to afford a 60k surgery? That’s the real question. Her business is makeup. He’s her makeup artist! He’s not bringing in millions?” one wrote.
Earlier this week, a GoFundMe page was set up to help cover Rauda’s medical expenses. Under a list of top donations, a “Kylie Jenner” appeared to donate $US5000.
As of Sunday, over $97,000 has been raised with a goal of $120,000.
“We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to each and everyone who has donated or sent prayers in support of Samuel,” organiser Johanna Portillo posted to the page Saturday. “We have felt the love and know that your continued prayers for healing are very much appreciated. It has been uplifting to witness how Sam not only brought a ray of shine to our lives but to many across the world.
“It has been a week since Sam’s accident. It has not been easy. In the midst of it all, Sam continues to fight, showing us how strong he truly is. Please continue to send prayers his way.”
Amid Sunday’s backlash, some also defended Jenner online.
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“She didn’t organise the GoFundMe page, it was published by Johanna Portillo five days ago. The goal is $120,000 and she made a donation on day two when she found out about the GoFundMe page probably. The fact that she donated something is important. Don’t write her off,” one user posted.
In 2019, Forbes named Jenner the world’s “youngest self-made” billionaire at the age of 21. The publication later yanked the title, noting at the time: “Kylie’s business is significantly smaller, and less profitable, than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe.”