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Kim Kardashian West chose Alice Marie Johnson alongside many other nontraditional models of all ages and sizes to model her new SKIMS shapewear line, and surprisingly, many aren’t happy about it.
After featuring Johnson in a short Skims video advertisement on social media, Kardashian West was hit with harsh press attention from a variety of news outlets and Twitter users. The critical press is ill-conceived and fails to recognize Johnson’s autonomy as a free and consenting adult, a position that’s still fairly new to her, as she was released from prison just over a year ago.
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The media should be celebrating Kardashian West’s choice to feature Johnson as a win for feminism and criminal justice advocacy alike. The advertisement brings awareness to Johnson’s awful story of imprisonment and the downfalls of the U.S. justice system, while showing that the clothing line is meant for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
In 2018, Kardashian West worked with President Trump to help free Johnson from federal prison in Alabama. Johnson was incarcerated for her involvement in a cocaine conspiracy in 1996. After being sentenced to life in prison, she sat there for more than 20 years for a crime that, on its own, is nonviolent. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t serious.
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Johnson worked as a middleman communicator to help facilitate multimillion-dollar transactions selling and transporting cocaine. Johnson fully admits to making “a series of bad decisions” that resulted in her “desperate (and illegal) attempt to make money” through drug trafficking. Because of the extent of her involvement, some even argue she didn’t deserve presidential clemency. Kardashian West is not one of those people.
After Kardashian West heard about Johnson’s case, she worked to free the grandmother from unnecessary incarceration, sparking a strong relationship with Johnson throughout the fight for her freedom. Yes, Johnson was involved...
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