Kansas Woman Disqualified From National Contest for Pro-Trump Instagram Post

July 24, 2017 Updated: July 31, 2017

A Kansas woman was disqualified from a national contest because she supported the Trump campaign.

Gyspy Freeman, a local makeup artist, won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty, however, a pro-Trump Instagram post disqualified from the national competition sponsored by Kat Von D, reports The Eagle.

The contest winner of the Saint + Sinner Contest would fly out to Los Angeles to attend the launch party of a new makeup line from Kat Vot D, they would also receive a $500 gift card to Sephora, reports the newspaper.

 

@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

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The day she won the competition, people found her post supporting Trump. Kat Von D personally messaged and told her that she had “drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man,” according to screenshots. 

Freeman replied with “I won’t be upset with you if you can’t have us there for these reasons, and I wish you the best. We would love to be there, of course, but I sincerely do understand if you decide to replace us with someone who supports the candidate.” 

 

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The parent company of Kat Von D Beauty, Kendo Holdings did not respond to The Eagle’s multiple calls and messages. 

The contest’s existence has also been removed from the brand’s Instagram account and website. 

According to the cached version of the website, the rules state that any legal U.S. resident 18 or older are eligible to win and could enter by submitting a “Saint and Sinner inspired” makeup look.  

It’s “really unfortunate” that politics was brought into an art contest, Freeman told The Wichita Eagle, “where I never brought it into the art contest.”

“It’s definitely bigotry-it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing. It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.”

“Part of the great thing about this country is having the freedom of speech.” 

The photographer of Freeman’s submission, Jenn Bischof, went to the launch party in Freeman’s stead, shows Bischof’s Instagram.

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